- Diseases, Disorders & Conditions
High Fructose Corn Syrup, your killing us!
The television commercials tell us it is OK and natural. The manufacturers want us to believe it is the same as regular table sugar, that is not good for you by the way. Princeton University published a study showing just the opposite. The high-fructose corn syrup not only caused significant weight gain over table sugar, it caused increased triglycerides in the blood, and increased abdomen fat stores. Abdominal fat is the worst place to store fat because of its relationship to increased heart disease risk. The reason the research shows it is so much worse is because the fructose in high-fructose corn syrup is unbounded and free. The fact that they are unbounded, the fructose molecules are immediately ready to be absorbed and skip a step in the digestive track. Our obesity rates in the United States have doubled since the inception of high-fructose corn syrup as a cheaper alternative to sucrose.
What do we do? We have the power here not the pushers. They want the money in our pockets. It is simple in theory, if we don't buy it they wont make it! Now the hard part, the children, how do we deny them candy and soda totally? As a kid most holidays center around sweets: Halloween, Christmas, and Easter to name a few. We have to lead by example and be good parents and make sure a treat is a treat and not a diet staple. We can also buy brands that use traditional sugar or even better Stevia as a sweetener for our treats. The day to day snack treats need to be Organic fruit, that is pretty sweet.
How do we read the labels at the grocery store? Food labels try to hide high-fructose corn syrup using terms like corn sugar and corn starch. Be aware of this and you will eventually find the staples of your shopping lists. The best way is to try to make whole non processed food as much as possible. With three kids and a spouse that also works I know this is almost imposable, but a goal is a goal.
High-fructose corn syrup is a very powerful enemy so we must band together to slay this evil!
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