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Study finds HFCS can be as addictive as cocaine

High Fructose Corn Syrup Is Causing Addiction Similar To Cocaine
May 23, 2013 by APRIL McCARTHY

Results presented at the 2013 Canadian Neuroscience Meeting shows that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) can cause behavioural reactions similar to those produced by drugs of abuse such as cocaine.

These results, presented by addiction expert Francesco Leri, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science at the University of Guelph, suggest food addiction could explain, at least partly, the current global obesity epidemic partly caused by these ingredients.

The same brain circuits are involved when people crave high fructose corn syrup as when drug addicts think about drugs. There is significant activity in all areas of the brain, especially in the hippocampus when consuming potent sweeteners. That region is related to learning, memory and is also related to a lot of things such as sensory and motor impulse and emotional behavior.
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I understand there is also a link to HFCS to high cholesterol

A friend sent this to me today, interesting study


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Thanks for that link, truxtonc.

There is mercury in HFCS also.

Mercury Contamination Found in High Fructose Corn Syrup
Friday, July 17, 2009 by: Sheryl Walters