Should You Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup?
When we're trying to lose weight, we usually focus on how many calories, fat and carbohydrates we're consuming. While these are important, there are some hidden food additives that, not only contribute to our expanding waistlines, but also endanger our health.
One of these additives is high fructose corn syrup, sometimes referred to as HFCS. This food and sugar substitute has no nutritional value.
Yet, most food products are sweetened more with HFCS than are sweetened with sugar.
The process for making this sugar substitute is a complicated one that combines cornstarch with various enzymes, which then create glucose and fructose. HFCS is less expensive to produce than to use sugar in products.
Besides overloading our bodies with empty calories, HFCS also limits Leptin secretion in the digestive system. Leptin is a hormone that signals the brain when you are full.
Therefore, if your brain never gets the message that you are full, you are likely to over-eat and ingest more calories that lead to weight gain.
In addition, this manufactured sweetener increases the production of Ghrelin. Ghrelin is secreted by the stomach and increases your appetite.
Ghrelin sends signals to the brain to indicate that its time to eat and interferes with your body's natural appetite control system. Therefore, HFCS puts your appetite into "hyper-overdrive."
Our bodies were not designed to digest and process HFCS. As more studies are done, there is mounting evidence that it harms our bodies on many levels.
The majority of nutritionists blame corn syrup consumption as a major culprit in the nation's obesity crisis.
In the 1980's there was explosive growth in the use of HFCS in a wide range of products including bread, sodas, pasta sauces, beer and more.
During that same period, there was a dramatic increase in people who were becoming obese. There was also a huge rise in the amount of people with diabetics.
Try this experiment for seven days: Avoid consuming anything that contains HFCS. You will notice after just one week that your appetite will dramatically decrease.
Continue this experiment for a month and you will notice that you have lost weight and feel healthier. Then, continue this experiment for life and you’ll have a longer and healthier life.
It is advised to speak with our healthcare provider about consumption of HFCS to get his or her professional option and advice.
This article was written by Bill Schuchman.