High Fructose Corn SyrupThe subject of High Fructose Corn Syrup is a lot more lengthy and complex than this one article can cover, but I will attempt to touch on the basic fundamentals that you and your family need to know. It's in practically everything that has been processed at your local grocery store, and it could be one of the major causes in today's obesity epidemic.
HFCS began finding it's way into our foods back in the 1970s. Since then it's use has been increased as the obesity rate also increases.
The primary source of HFCS in the American diet is soda and juice--about two-thirds of all fructose consumed in the United States is in beverages, but look at the backs of all processed foods and you are likely to find HFCS as one of the ingredients.
How HFCS creates fat
Fructose converts to fat more than any other sugar. Fructose is thought to fail in signaling the body it's full causing over eating. HFCS contains a higher level of fructose than glucose. Glucose can be readily used by your body as fuel while fructose cannot.
Research findings have shown an incredibly long list of possible problems of using fructose. Research indicates that fructose is terrible on your liver. It's effects are similiar to that seen on an alcoholic's liver. Fructose robs the body of nutrients. It interferes with the heart's use of magnesium, copper, and chromium. Of course too much sugar causes diabetes, and fructose with it's unnatural processing and addictiveness has helped to greatly increase the rate of diabetes in the last couple of decades. Fructose reduces the affinity of insulin for its receptor, which is the hallmark of type-2 diabetes. This is the first step for glucose to enter a cell and be metabolized. As a result, the body needs to pump out more insulin to handle the same amount of glucose. Fructose through creating greater insulin levels can push the accelerator down fast for aging, causing damage to skin and internal aging consequences. It's basically like smoking without the smoke.
HFCS leads to obesity and obesity alone increases the likelihood of various diseases, particularly heart disease, type 2 diabetes, breathing difficulties during sleep, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.
You can actually lose weight eating lean meats and vegetables all day long compared to what some people do which is go for hours and hours not eating and then go for a sugar meal and sugar drink. This spikes the insulin levels in your body which tells the body to store fat.
So if it's so unhealthy why do they keep putting it in our food and drinks? The answer is simple, it's cheaper than sugar, which by the way is not healthy either, just more natural. The body can deal with natural sugars much better than man-made products.
To take the first steps toward getting off the HFCS addiction I have a few suggestions. If you find the prospect of going without soft drinks completely apprehensible then don't go straight to diet drinks. Those are as bad or worse than regular soft drinks. Look for soft drinks made of pure cane sugar. Yes they aren't healthy, but they don't have the same negative addicting properties as HFCS. Try to cut back and drink more water. Also try tea. The goal is to eventually get away from sugar drinks altogether.
In foods, look at the ingredients on the label. If your favorite food has HFCS in it then look for something else that's similiar. Look for sugar levels on all your foods in general. Find a healthy replacement food if at all possible. Healthy natural foods will taste good to you eventually. It's learned behavior. You'd be surprised how good turkey, brocoli, and cauliflower can taste when your hungry especially after you've weaned yourself off of junk food.
You might try products like dextrose which is pure glucose. Glucose has stated above can be used by the body much more readily than fructose which turns to fat. Also you may want to try Stevia. It's said to be a safe completely natural and more healthy alternative to sugar.
What does soda do to your body? Just for starters within 20 minutes, your blood sugar spikes, and your liver responds to the resulting insulin burst by turning massive amounts of sugar into fat.