How High Fructose Corn Syrup Affects Your Brain Health

It’s no secret, especially within the last 10-15 years that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is not good for a healthy body. Unfortunately, the pitfall is that it is still found in so many foods. Most of us know that we will find HFCS in soda, candies and baked goods. But, many don’t realize it’s hidden in foods we might least expect like spaghetti sauce, yogurt, some breads, canned fruits and ketchup. It is estimated that the average American consumes about 27 pounds of HFCS a year.

We humans love our sweets and there is nothing wrong with that. Who doesn’t enjoy delighting in a hearty scoop of their favorite ice cream on a hot summer day or celebrating their birthday with a piece of cake? The health problems begin to occur when special treats become an everyday indulgence.

We know that HCFS is one of the leading causes of obesity and Type 2 Diabetes (genetics being another) in the United States. What is not well-known is that obesity and Type 2 Diabetes have a negative effect on our brain health. Those with diabetes have almost twice as much risk as those without to develop Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Our brains are fueled by sugar and it consumes about 25% of the blood in our body. Be that as it may, brain function is going to suffer if blood sugars are higher than they should be. High blood sugar, or hyperglycemia can cause inflammation of blood vessels which results in reduced blood flow to the brain. This inflammation will also inhibit the neurotransmitters from doing their job: Communicating information throughout our bodies.

Without proper brain function, we find it difficult to think quickly and react. It becomes a challenge to remember things and think logically. Emotionally, we might become irritable and depressed. Without proper brain communication, our other organs may begin to feel the effects. This starts on account of a diet with too much sugar.

In conclusion, diets high in HFCS may lead to obesity, which may lead to Type 2 Diabetes, which may lead to significant cognitive decline. It is important to note that those who manage their diabetes and maintain a healthy balanced diet can greatly reduce their risk of cognitive decline. However, with this knowledge, these complications can be avoided. Limiting foods with HFCS at the onset is a safer and less risky plan.