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If you’ve read the nutritional value of most soda drinks, fruit juices, and processed foods, you’ve probably seen an ingredient called high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). It’s an unhealthy and unnatural ingredient that is contributing to the obesity epidemic in the United Staes because HFCS is not metabolized by the body in the same way as honey, sugar, and fruit is. If you’re trying to lose weight quickly, eliminate HFCS from your diet now.
History of HFCS
HFCS was first developed by Richard Marshalle and Earl P. Kooi in 1927. The process was then later refined by Dr. Y. Takasaki at Agency of Industrial Science and Technology of Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Japan in 1965-1970. Since then, HFCS has been substituted as an ingredient to many processed foods, soft drinks, and fruit juices in the U.S because it’s cheaper to use than cane sugar.
What is High Fructose Corn Syrup?
In soft drinks, HFCS is made from approximately 55% fructose and 45% glucose. In the U.S., it’s made with government-subsidized corn, making it an attractive and cheaper substitute for sugar. Unfortunately, it has many detrimental effects to our health. Today Americans consume more HFCS than sugar. It’s interesting to note that there is a direct correlation to the rise of obesity in the U.S. and its increased consumption of HFCS (Please read my post on why Americans struggle with weight loss).
According to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, our bodies produce more fat from fructose than from other kinds of sugars. In the research article published in the Journal of Nutrition, six healthy people were put through three different tests. In the first test, they drank only 100% glucose. In the 2nd test, they consumed half glucose and half fructose, and in the third test they drank a combination of 25% glucose and 75% fructose. The tests were double-blind and random, which means that neither the evaluator nor the subjects knew which items were the controls (This kind of testing reduces error, bias and self-deception). All the subjects ate a regular lunch approximately four hours later.
The researchers concluded that lipogenesis—production where the body converts sugars into body fat, increased significantly in the test subjects who consumed fructose as a replacement for as little as half of the glucose.
Additional findings stated that fructose consumed at breakfast altered the way the body processed the food eaten at lunch by forcing the liver to increase storage of lunch fats that could have been utilized in other ways.
High Fructose Corn Syrup is not the lone cause of obesity epidemic we are witnessing today, but it sure it a major contributor. Sadly, food and beverage manufacturers care more about their bottom line profit than your health! Don’t believe the hype that HFCS is safe and natural. One of the best dietary changes you could make today is to eliminate HFCS from your diet.
Not only does HFCS boost fat storage, but it has detrimental effects to your overall health. I’m not a doctor, but it makes total sense that putting unnatural chemicals into your body isn’t healthy. A study done with animal indicates a link between increased consumption of high-fructose corn syrup and adverse health effects, such as diabetes and high cholesterol.
To enjoy good health, eat wholesome, unprocessed foods and use natural sweeteners such as raw sugar, honey or maple syrup-in moderation. If you’re trying to lose weight, make water your best friend. Try some carbonated water with a wedge of lime. If you just love your fruit juices, purchase 100% fruit juice, then water it down 50% to reduce the calories and sugar content. Also, try re-training your taste buds to enjoy fresh fruit. Local farmers markets have a beautiful selection of fresh fruit (purchase organic if you can). Fruit does contain a small amount of natural fructose, but the bulk, fiber and relatively low sugar of the fruit’s flesh minimizes the lipogenesis potential.
Say NO to HFCS and read your food and drink labels carefully. You may be surprised by how many foods and drinks contain high-fructose corn syrup.
Best wishes for health & happiness!