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High Fructose Corn Syrup In Your Diet
The obesity epidemic is growing and the use of high fructose corn syrup – HFCS in so many of our foods, is causing people to ask questions. HFCS can be found in almost everyone’s diet. If you are not sure what your desired weight should be, you can check your weight against your height and see what is considered “normal”.
This threshold is called the body mass index (BMI) and gives an approximation or range of a normal person’s weight based on their height for their age.
Obesity is the term used to describe a medical condition where a person has reached the maximum weight that can be considered normal for their height and age.
If a person exceeds that range, they are considered obese.
Obesity can reduce a person’s life expectancy as they are susceptible to more diseases and medical conditions.
- Obesity can lead to further health conditions and complications like heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and high blood sugar and diabetes.
- Although a lot of factors like age, gender, genetics etc can contribute to obesity, diet or eating habits is the primary cause of obesity worldwide.
High Fructose Corn Syrup and Your Diet
High fructose corn syrup is the leading alternative that was reproduced to replace table sugar in food preparations. It is composed of 76% sugar and 24% water. It is believed to be comparable with table sugar in terms of sweetness, yet high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is cheaper, easier to blend with preparations, and easier to transport.
- What about the dangers of sugar to your health?
It is assumed that HFCS causes obesity since it tends to be taken in large amounts and has a high sugar content. Furthermore, rumors said that fructose, unlike glucose, can be transformed readily to fat and cause insulin to increase thus increasing risk of obesity.
- As the talk about the effects of fructose causing obesity spreads, its regular usage in our foods and drinks is being questioned.
Studies have been performed to demonstrate the effect of high fructose corn syrup causing obesity.
- Mice administered with fructose had shown an increase in their appetite and has strengthened the rumors validity, but a couple of studies showed that obesity was mainly caused by an over consumption of glucose and not on fructose consumption alone. Scientists had emphasized that any form of sugar, when consumed in high amount, can result to obesity. It does not necessarily mean that fructose can cause obesity more than glucose.
Furthermore, glucose is easily consumed by the body than fructose which needs to be metabolized to glucose first, thus fructose takes longer to digest and be used. They also point out that the increasing obesity rate in the world isn’t due to fructose consumption but over-consumption of sugar in any form. The problem is high fructose corn syrup is in many foods and drinks!
Fructose Packs on the Pounds Faster than Any Other Nutrient
Part of what makes HFCS so unhealthy is that it is metabolized to fat in your body far more rapidly than any other sugar. The entire burden of metabolizing fructose falls on your liver, and it promotes a particularly dangerous kind of body fat, namely adipose fat. This is the fat type of fat that collects in your abdominal region and is associated with a greater risk of heart disease.
Additionally, because most fructose is consumed in liquid form (i.e. soda and sweetened beverages of all kinds), its negative metabolic effects are magnified. Because while HFCS has about the same amount of fructose as cane sugar, the fructose in HFCS is in its “free” form and not attached to any other carbs.
The fructose in fruits and in cane sugar is bonded to other sugars which results in a decrease in its metabolic toxicity.
Consuming foods that contain high amounts of fructose—even if it’s a natural product—is, to put it bluntly, the fastest way to trash your health. Article Source
Our body needs a healthy diet, a sufficient amount of water, regular exercise and a good night’s sleep. Today we tend to eat more and more and exercise less and less. It is really important we watch our diet and not just eat for the sake of satifying our taste buds.
- If you are overweight, are you prepared to make the necessary steps to lose weight?
Plus the production of fast foods are attractive to those who are “busy”. The bottom line is, our diets are what is causing obesity, plain and simple!
Our own lifestyle and food choices, especially ones containing high fructose corn syrup, are hastening an undesirable outcome.
Do yourself a favor. Take a look in your pantry. How many foods contain high fructose corn syrup? I would love to hear in the comments below your findings…either good or bad!