Another Failing Substitute for Sugar
High fructose corn syrup is the topic of much debate. In spite of many troubling effects on the body, the US consumption of high fructose corn syrup increased 1000% from 1970 to 1990. It is found in numerous products now because it is cheaper and sweeter than sugar. Most fructose is consumed in liquid form, like in the case of soda. In many cases, people are unaware that they are consuming fructose instead of sucrose (table sugar). Fructose is commonly used to sweeten:
- Soft drinks
- Fruit juices
- Jams and jellies
- Baked goods
- Canned fruits
- Dairy products
Following are 3 serious reasons why your health depends on avoiding corn syrup:
Fructose & Fat
In our country obesity has reached epidemic levels in the last few decades. In the mid-1960s, sucrose was the sweetener consumed 86% of the time. Now, sugar from corn has taken over the market, being used 55% in food products. Could this major dietary change be related to the major increase in fructose consumption? Evidence suggests YES.
It has been discovered that fructose is metabolized directly to fat in the body. It also seems to distort the human appetite. Unlike sucrose, it does not stimulate insulin secretion or leptin production, which are key factors controlling appetite regulation. Insulin and leptin act as signals in controlling the amount of food eaten and body weight.
Fructose Depletes Nutrients
As a result of the processing methods, high fructose corn syrup does not contain any enzymes, vitamins or minerals. However, these nutrients are imperative for high fructose corn syrup digestion. As a result, eating high fructose corn syrup causes micronutrients from the body to be drawn out and used during assimilation.
Fructose & Mercury Poisoning
It has been shown that almost 50% of high fructose corn syrup is contaminated with mercury. This is a significant health threat and can lead to numerous chronic conditions and diseases. If you are unaware of the dangers of toxic metal exposure, click HERE to learn more.
So is high fructose corn syrup a healthy choice? The very obvious answer is NO!