High fructose corn syrup and the risk to health
Fructose is a type of sugar that is often added to foods. For example, fructose is often in soda, candy, salad dressing, cereal, and baked goods. In the Western world, including among Latinos in the U.S., people are eating more fructose than ever because high fructose corn syrup has been added to many foods. This has increased the number of people developing obesity, type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease. Recently, researchers have discovered the negative impact of fructose on the immune system.
Why high fructose foods are bad for you
We know that the fructose in high fructose corn syrup can cause serious health issues if eaten in large amounts. A study published February 22, 2021, suggests that fructose leads to an inflamed immune system. This study found that fructose can reprogram cells to increase inflammation. This reaction can damage cells and tissues and contribute to organs and body systems failing to work properly, causing disease. This study is another example of the harmful impacts of eating a high-fructose diet. It also shows that fructose directly causes damage to the immune system, as the findings were not related to the presence of metabolic disease (including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess belly fat, and high cholesterol). These new results support previous work showing that drinking soda, which is filled with added fructose, is harmful for people with and without diabetes. More work needs to be done to see if consuming high fructose corn syrup also increases risk of other serious health conditions like infectious disease and cancer.