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Why High Fructose Corn Syrup

The Corn Syrup Refiners Association is considering a name change due to all the negative press they’ve received from the effects of High Fructose Corn Syrup. I know you’ve seen the commercials, you know the ones where the big guys try to convince you that HFCS is not so bad because it’s made of corn and in moderation it’s okay to consume?

Then you have the conflicting studies that show that there may be a link to increased body fat, higher triglyceride levels, it promotes conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease and it may be contributing to the nation’s obesity epidemic.

“But sugar and high fructose corn syrup are nutritionally the same, and there's no evidence that the sweetener is any worse for the body than sugar, said Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The bottom line is people should consume less of all sugars, Jacobson said. Soda pop sweetened with sugar is every bit as conducive to obesity as soda pop sweetened with high fructose corn syrup," he said.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average American consumed over 35.7 lbs of high fructose corn syrup, although down from previous years, it’s still too much refined sugar. So would you be less turned off to buy that food item if it didn’t say HFCS because it simply dropped the high fructose words? Do you believe refined sugar plays a bigger risk of you developing heart disease than any other kind of sugar?

If you are concerned, which in my own personal opinion, I think we all should be aware of what we are putting into our bodies and what the effects will be later on in life. Then you should follow these simply steps:

  • Limit processed foods.
  • Avoid Foods that contain added sugar
  • Choose fresh fruit rather than fruit juice or fruit flavored drinks.
  • Choose canned fruit in its own juices instead of the heavy syrup versions.
  • Drink more water and less sodas and juices.

It is in my opinion that any type of sugar is not the best thing we should be putting into our bodies. You should always familiarize yourself with the food labels. Don’t trust what the front of the package says, dig deeper and look at the list of ingredients, if you can’t pronounce them, then put it back on the shelf. Stick with what you know. Eat sugar in moderation, as for me, I stay away from high fructose corn syrup because it doesn’t provide my body with anything good and the research is still coming in. I’m not willing to risk my health of my families with any unknown substance. If it turns out that HFCS is not so bad, then I’ve lost nothing but if the mounting evidence concludes that it is dangerous then I’ve won the battle.


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