Health Facts

The Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a manmade, inexpensive, highly concentrated, synthesized from corn starch and is the primary sweetener in soft drinks and baked goods. Its usage increased by 1000% between 1970, when it was introduced, and 1990. HFCS currently represents 40% of sweeteners added to foods and beverages. Why is HFCS so bad? It short-circuits the hormonal process that signals satiation and helps regulate food intake and body weight. Instead, HFCS is sent directly to the liver, bypassing the intermediary breakdown steps that occur with natural sugars. The liver’s response to HFCS is to generate new fat cells, which it then dumps into the bloodstream as triglycerides. Muscles that are bombarded by triglycerides will develop insulin resistance. HFCS changes the way we metabolize fats, causing us to store fat and burn sugar (a strong link between HFCS and diabetes & obesity!!). Will a can of soda every once in a great while hurt a healthy person? Of course not. Moderation is the key to everything in life. However, the problem lies with being able to be moderate because when we eat HFCS, we are always left craving more…

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