Wednesday, August 4, 2010

How High Fructose Corn Syrup is Effecting Our Health and Waistlines!

If you are always feeling hungry and can't seem to lose weight, part of the problem might be the High Fructose Corn Syrup in your diet...

WHAT IS HFCS?
   High Fructose Corn Syrup is a highly processed sweetener. It is not naturally found in nature!
   Although it is similar to Sucrose in the sense that they are both a combination of fructose and glucose,  HFCS is very different because it is made up of  90 percent fructose and 10 percent glucose.
(Whereas sucrose is about 50-50)    It is manufactured through a highly complicated process. Food manufacturers like to use it because it is cheaper and has a longer shelf life than sugar.
                            It's all about the bottom dollar, not our health!

                The consumption of HFCS went up 1000 percent from 1970-1990!*

   Here are some of the negative consequences of consuming HFCS in our bodies....

1. It creates oxidative stress in the body.
2. It causes us to overeat.
    HFCS doesn't decrease your Ghrelin levels, as sucrose does, so that you still feel hungry after you eat it, even the next day.
3. HFCS creates an insulin spike which in turn causes the decrease of testosterone.
4. It increases high triglycerides, which prevent Leptin from working in the brain, so it doesn't signal to you that you are full.
5.  It increases fat accumulation in the abdomen and overall weight gain.
6. It is thought to create liver vulnerability
7, It can contribute to heart problems and Metabolic Syndrome.
8. It is pro-inflammatory
9. It blocks anti- aging hormones

Why does all of this occur?
Scientists aren't totally sure but they think part of the reason is that fructose is metabolized by the liver and glucose is metabolized by your cells.

  What foods contain HFCS?

  In the past the most well know product that contained HFCS was soda. 
  However, nowadays you can find HFCS in just about anything. Some common foods that you might not think have HFCS are:
Bread
Cereal
Pasta Sauce
Fruit Juice
Ketchup
Lunch Meat
Salad Dressing
And many, many more!

Here is a link to a study, recently released, that looked into the connection between excessive fructose consumption and cancer,
Cancer cells feed on fructose, study finds  


   So right about now you are thinking,  there is a consistent theme running through my blogs! 
   You're right.. and here it is again,

    Eat real food. Not Processed.

    Eat food that is in it's most natural state.
    Put aside time to make your meals yourself, using wholesome ingredients.
    Eat fresh fruits and veggies
    Look at  food labels. The fewer the ingredients listed the better.
    Eating this way everyday will  be better for your health and your waistline!!

Look in your kitchen and see how many products you have that contain HFCS. Are you surprised by what you find? Let me know if you throw it all out.

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