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Mood Eating

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

High Fructose Corn Syrup


Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Killing You?

There has been much debate lately about High Fructose Corn Syrup. The scientists say that it may be unhealthy for you and make you fat. Where as a manufacturer for HFCS says that is not true. Well, here are the facts as we know them right now.

Archer Daniels Midland, a company that makes HFCS, which is the main ingredient used in sodas, ketchup, barbecue sauce, cereals, snack foods and other processed foods says that HFCS does not make you fat.

Health officials and many scientists have conducted studies that show that HFCS may lead to fat accumulation, obesity and other health problems.

What they have been finding is that HFCS readily turns to fat in the body more so than conventional sugar. It is also associated with higher triglycerides and LDL (bad cholesterol).

What I think is even more important to take note of is that HFCS appears to affect your appetite so that you eat more food. It is important to note that this finding isn't just for HFCS. It also applies to artificial sweeteners. Researchers have noticed this occurrence with diet sodas that contain artificial sweeteners.

The reason is because insulin levels do not seem to increase when consuming HFCS and artificial sweeteners. This then means that leptin another hormone which is controlled by insulin does not get released either. Leptin tells your brain when you are full and to stop eating. Without this message you tend to keep eating until you have eaten too many calories.

So what this means is that HFCS may not directly make you fat because of the ingredients, but because you do not get the message that you are full you tend to overeat which results in weight gain and a higher risk for obesity.

Your take home message is to avoid all foods that contain High Fructose Corn Syrup. Go through your cabinets and look at the labels of all your foods and get rid of any foods that contain HFCS. Then the next time you are shopping make sure to choose foods that do NOT contain High Fructose Corn Syrup.

High Fructose Corn Syrup doesn't make you fat by itself, but it most definitely assists with weight gain by increasing your calories consumed. Since we tend to eat many processed foods that contain HFCS our chances of overeating is greatly increased.

Here is a tip to reduce the consumption of HFCS successfully. Replace one food item a week with a non-HFCS product. Better yet replace that food item with a fruit or vegetable. This one little change can have you losing weight before you know it and living a healthier life as well.

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3 comments:

rebs said...

Yeah, HFCS is in a lot of foods, but I don't necessarily think it can be blamed for weight gain and obesity. It would be easy if we could eliminate 1 food and our weight problems could be solved, but it's not that simple. Have you seen this article in Food Drink magazine? It's pretty interesting and sheds some light on the HFCS debate.
http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/content/view/446/

Jason Paris, CSCS said...

Rebs;
Thanks for the comment and the link, I will give that article a read.

You are correct that one food can not be blamed for obesity. There are many factors that contribute to the problem of obesity, I believe that HFCS is an ingredient to avoid.

Thanks again for stopping by.

ash33 said...

Hi Jason-- thanks for your reply. I think it is definitely a personal choice. It's unrealistic for me to cut it out completely-- but it may work for others. I think its an interesting issue and it's always good to keep up with research to find out more.

I enjoyed reading your blog!