I’m sure you’ve heard all the talks about high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in the media over the past year. There are the food companies who say that high fructose corn syrup is natural because it’s derived from corn, a natural vegetable. Then there are the natural food advocates are saying that this substance (which is engineered from corn and not natural at all) is a lethal weapon in our food system.
It’s mighty confusing out there for a consumer like you and I. There are studies on how high fructose corn syrup affects us and there are the actual bodies out there to prove that this substance is definitely harmful to our bodies. Here’s a breakdown on some of the dangerous effects of high fructose corn syrup:
All Sugars Are Not Created Equal
There’s a huge debate between table sugar and high fructose corn syrup. The truth is that these sugars are not the same. HFCS contains twice as many molecules of sweetener than table sugar because of the way HFCS is processed. America has some of the sweetest sodas and candies in the world because of HFCS and no wonder people have an increased desire to consume these products more than regular table sugar.
Type II Diabetes
Children are developing type II diabetes at higher and faster rates than ever. HFCS has only been on the market for the past 30 years. Coincidence? I don’t think so. Did you know that one in three Americans born in 2000 will develop diabetes? This is a huge problem and HFCS is a main culprit. HFCS sends the body into an overload causing an imbalance in the functions of the pancreas. This is what causes diabetes.
This is another increasing statistic that our country is facing. As a whole, we are getting bigger and fatter every year. Super sweet foods and drinks may taste good but all those added sugars are empty calories that cause us to gain weight. It’s estimated that Americans consume anywhere from 45 to 60 pounds of HFCS syrup a year. Since HFSC has been shown to metabolize differently than table sugar this can completely wreck the way our bodies process all foods. This can cause huge changes in the way our body uses (does perhaps doesn’t use) fat. Obesity also leads to long-term health issues like high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.
The most shocking fact that can be linked to consumption of high fructose corn syrup is that kids born today will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. That means the food that your children consume will ultimately shorten their lives. There is a silver lining to this alarming fact. You can change these statistics! By limiting consumption of high fructose corn syrup and eating a well balance diet of whole fruits, vegetables and grains your life and your families’ lives can improve dramatically.
Here are some healthy and not-so-healthy foods that may contain high fructose corn syrup:
Check your ingredient labels before you buy and make the choice to better your health and save your life.
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