By: Julia Lundstrom
May 5, 2017
How Your Sugar Addiction Is Destroying Your Memory
If you’re afraid your memory isn’t as good as it used to be, it could be your sugar intake. But not just any sugar...
1 specific sugar that has only been around since 1975 and we’re only now seeing the long term effects of this chronic toxin called High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).
Sugar contributes to the plaques in your brain that have been shown to cause Alzheimer's disease.
HFCS is in almost every processed food you eat, from breads and drinks to even some meats and ketchup. About 80% of the foods on a grocery store shelf have either added sugars and/or HFCS.
I'm a neuroscience and brain health educator, and the scariest result is what HFCS is doing to your memory. It is chronic and happens slowly over time causing forgetfulness, insecurities and frustrations.
Many people don’t even realize that their poor memory and even some diseases are caused by what HFCS is doing to their brain.
We know that sugar makes us fat.
Eating too much added sugar and HFCS increases your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 70%.
And eating too much of this ingredient increases your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 70%.
This story begins in 1975.
Large food companies were looking for a way to make food cheaply.
The solution… an easy, cheap ingredient from Japan that not only made food taste good, it was 10 times cheaper than sugar. It even gave food a longer shelf life.
It was the perfect solution. Replace the costly sugar with this cheap ingredient.
Prior to 1975, this toxic ingredient didn’t even exist in our diets. Today, the average American eats 63 pounds of it a year.
And it’s in almost everything you eat. Bread, cereal, meats, ketchup, yogurts… the list goes on and on.
If you took away all the foods on a grocery store shelf with it, you’d only have 20% of the foods left.
Not only did the big food companies replace fat with it, they replaced the fiber with it, too.
Foods with lots of fiber don’t store very long on grocery store shelves. But if you remove all the fiber, they can last a long time on a store shelf.
But, they end up tasting like cardboard. So the food companies brought in even more of this ingredient so that you would eat that frozen hamburger patty that has been shipped around the world.
We used to eat 100-300 grams of fiber a day. Now it’s 12.
Fiber simply gives food a shorter shelf life, takes too long to cook and takes too long to eat.
So, out it goes.
One major problem is that we’re eating more of this ingredient..
Another HUGE problem is how your body metabolizes it.
It does not suppress your hunger hormone, leptin, so not matter how much you eat, you never feel full (maybe sick if you eat too much).
And it can only be processed by the liver. A substance that can only be processed by the liver is the definition of a poison.
And addictions to this poison cause a slow, chronic decline in memory.
As more of it is consumed, the body produces more insulin to regulate it.
As you over-indulge on certain foods that contain a high level of it, your brain becomes overwhelmed by the high levels of insulin.
Eventually insulin and leptin levels profoundly disrupt your brain signaling, leading to troubles in your thinking and memory. Eventually, it causes permanent brain damage.
The FDA refuses to regulate it.
Why? They claim they only regulate acute toxins. They consider this ingredient a chronic toxin.
So the FDA won’t touch it.
The USDA won’t touch it. They’d have to admit there was a problem with your food.
In one study, when researchers disrupted the proper signaling of insulin in the brain, they were able to create many of the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease (disorientation, confusion, inability to learn and remember).
About 85% of Americans are insulin and leptin resistant, mostly due to eating too much of this ingredient.[vii]
Research has even shown that higher consumption levels are associated with a higher perceived age.[viii]
In other words, the more you eat, the older you’ll look.
In another study from UCLA, researchers found that rats fed a diet rich with this ingredient developed both insulin resistance and impaired brain function in ONLY 6 weeks. ix
The amount of clinical research that has piled up over the past 10 years linking it to over 70 diseases is nothing short of shocking. [x]
There is Hope.
There are 5 ways to help repair the damage to your brain and memory that this ingredient has caused, quickly and naturally.