Wednesday, October 19, 2011

High fructose corn syrup

Has everyone been seeing these commercials for high fructose corn syrup?  The commercial claims that there is no difference between corn sugar and table sugar.  Sugar is sugar, not true.  All natural foods have sugar: fruits, vegetables, dairy and even meat.  Your body knows how to process all of these different types of sugars.  High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is found in most packaged and processed foods on the market.  It is inexpensive for companies to use as sweeteners and flavorings.  The research is still mixed on what it does to the body, but I will say for myself, it is bad for you.  The video clip to the left is from the documentary “King Corn”.  It is a great documentary about what happens to all of the corn that is grown yearly in the mid-west.  It cannot be eaten.

Common Foods High in HFCS

•Regular soft drinks

•Fruit juice and fruit drinks that are not 100 percent juice

•Pancake syrups


•Fruit-flavored yogurts

•Frozen yogurts

•Ketchup and BBQ sauces

•Jarred and canned pasta sauces

•Canned soups

•Canned fruits (if not in its own juice)

•Breakfast cereals

•Highly sweetened breakfast cereals

Problems Caused by Too Much HFCS

•It can lead to higher caloric intake

•It can lead to an increase in body weight

•It fools your body into thinking it’s hungry

•It increases the amount of processed foods you eat, thereby decreasing your intake of nutrient-dense foods

•It may increase insulin resistance and triglycerides

I have been doing better in keeping away from HFCS, but I’m not perfect.  I have cut down on the soda.  I love it too much.  It’s hard.

Read up on the subject. I will be posting more about it in the future.

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