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New Study Proves This Sweetener is a Brain Danger!

Maybe it isn’t creeping age that is playing tricks with your memory.  It could be the desserts and soft drinks that caused you to forget your neighbor’s first name.

You have heard that high fructose corn syrup damages your body and makes you fat.  Now scientists have found that the sweetener, which is in most processed foods, also can slow down your brain.

High fructose corn syrup is an inexpensive sweetener made from corn.  There has been an outcry for a long time from the health-conscious that it is harmful.  Because it is in so many processed foods, you get a lot of it.  If you drink sodas, you get a mega-dose.   It is a factor in obesity, diabetes and fatty liver disease, among other ills. A new study done at UCLA  shows that it also affects how your brain functions.


“Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think,” said Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a professor of integrative biology and physiology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science. “Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain’s ability to learn and remember information.”

The study on rats involved two groups fed standard rat chow.  One group was fed  high fructose corn syrup along with the chow.  The other group was fed the same thing, but with added Omega-3 fatty acids.  Both groups were trained to do mazes before the high fructose corn syrup was added to their diets.

The rats fed a diet of high fructose corn syrup did increasingly worse remembering what they had learned.  Those with the omega-3 managed the mazes much faster than the fructose-only group.


Gomez-Pinilla recommends that you limit your intake of high fructose corn syrup and instead eat fruit and Greek yoghurt for dessert.  And skip the sodas.

Since the sweetener is in so many processed foods, and because processed foods are so hard to avoid, it’s a good idea to add a high quality Omega-3 supplement to your diet.

This study also provides a good argument for banning candy and soft drink machines from schools.  Why give our kids foods that will dumb them down?

So, if you need another reason to eat healthy, low glycemic foods, and to avoid the junk — do it for your brain.

Eating to live and living for Christ,

Susan Jordan Brown


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posted May 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Sure. Stevia is my sweetener of choice. It’s all natural, has no side-effects, no calories, and a glycemic number of zero. Hard to beat that! It’s also easy to find — available at Wal-Mart and most grocery stores. If plain Stevia is not available, TruVia or PureVia are also options. They are Stevia with some added ingredients to improve the taste. At the health food store you will find a whole aisle of alternative sweeteners. Some of my top picks are coconut sugar, molasses and xylitol. Trehalose is a sugar that is actually good for your brain — but the only place I have seen it is online and it is a bit pricey. Hope this helps!

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posted May 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Check the ingredients. If it has high fructose corn syrup — keep looking! Sugar is bad for you, too, but better than HFCS. In moderation (like one scoop) ice cream is on the yellow, moderate, glycemic list. It’s tricky to keep from overdoing it — which I know to my sorrow! Hope that helps.

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posted May 21, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Shirley, the study was done with high fructose corn syrup — a cheap sweetener that is in a multitude of processed foods. If you drink sodas, you will get it in massive doses! You might like to check some of my earlier blogs (you can see them listed on the right side of the blog site). I did an extensive study and series on sweeteners — the good, the bad, and the ugly. Thanks for your comment.

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posted May 20, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Could you give the name of the sweetners you are referring to?

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posted May 17, 2012 at 11:48 am

This makes so much sense! My name is Rhonda, and I am a popoholic. In the last several yrs I have noticed increasing difficulty remembering “small” things. Hopefully this is reversible! Thanks for the info!

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