The Skinny On Corn

By Penny Kane


Corn is used to fatten up livestock. Corn is a grain and not a vegetable. Most corn that we consume is genetically modified. Corn has long since been considered healthy until now when the consequences of eating corn in almost every product we buy has begun to make us sick.

High fructose corn syrup is dangerous to our health. Sugar from corn is more popular because it is less expensive to produce than cane sugar and contains twice the amount of fructose. This cheaper, sweeter product contains no vitamins or healthy enzymes and actually leeches nutrients from the body. It messes around with your insulin creating much of the type 2 diabetes epidemic, and has been found to inhibit the action of the immune systems white blood cells. White blood cells are crucial in our immune system to defend again disease and foreign materials. Corn not only fattens livestock up. A Princeton University research team has come up with some interesting evidence: Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same. High fructose corn syrup is more easily converted to fat in your liver and creates what is called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease which then can turn into type 2 diabetes. High fructose corn syrup contains no nutrients and in fact leeches healthy ones, it affects our immune system function resulting in allergies and illness, and our liver metabolizes it into fat creating fatty liver syndrome and insulin dependence.

Genetically modified corn or bt corn is also dangerous to our health because the corn is injected with a toxin that is designed to resist pests. This in theory would allow farmers to use less pesticides in their corn crops. When a bug eats the corn, the toxin injected into the corn spills out and damages their intestine and kills them. That leads to these questions. What happens when we eat it? Wouldn't the same rules apply? This genetically modified corn toxin does not have a shut off valve when it comes to human consumption. The bt toxin ends up killing the bugs, and hurting us too. This bt toxin is also known to cause allergies because it weakens our immune system. Bt toxin can also be found in pollen and it is just as detrimental to breathe. How many people report having seasonal allergies in this day and age? Here is another interesting fact. One farmer who switched to bt corn based feed reported an 80% decline in birth rates in his pigs.

I believe we are in the infancy of discovering corn's true dangers. Because we are inundated with corn in everything we eat, the risk to our health continues to increase.

•Corn is twice as sweet as cane sugar and affect triglycerides
•Corn has no nutritional value and leeches the good nutrients in your body
•Corn affects your insulin levels
•Corn affects your white blood cell count
•Bt or gmo corn is a suspected carcinogen
•Bt corn is known to cause an increase in allergies
•People living around bt corn crops have reported flu like symptoms and an increase in allergies
•Bt corn contains a toxin that attacks your intestines when you eat it
•Pigs fed corn experienced an 80% decline in fertility
•Rats fed corn syrup became obese
•North Americans are major consumers of high fructose corn syrup and corn products and are among the most obese in the world.

Penny Kane~Author

Article Source: EzineArticles

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