October 22 – Strategy 22 – Beware of High Fructose Corn Syrup
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) began to be widely used in our food supply approximately 30 years ago. Ever since its debut, the problem of obesity has been on the rise. HFCS is a man-made sweetener that is used in almost every convenience and pre-packaged food on the market. New marketing strategies by the corn industry praise HFCS and mislead the public by calling it natural “corn sugar”. By putting the word natural in front of any product, the food industry makes unhealthy products appear as if they are good for you.
At the end of the 1970’s less than 15 percent of Americans were obese. According to the centers for disease control, 35.9% of adults over 20 and 18.4 % of adolescents ages 12-19 are now obese. This is an incredible increase in the last 40 years. One of the major causes of obesity and the rise in type 2 Diabetes is the most evil refined grain of all, High Fructose Corn Syrup. The production of HFCS rose from 3,000 tons in 1967 to 9,227,000 tons in 2005. A study at Tufts University reported that Americans consume more calories from HFCS than from any other source. Obesity is a major contributor to developing breast cancer.
Why is HFCS so widely used? It’s one of the cheapest sweeteners around. By using it in place of sugar, processed food companies can boost profits considerably. Unfortunately, they are expanding our waistlines at the same rate.
How does this happen? HFCS somehow tricks the body so that insulin and leptin are not released. These two hormones should be released when you’re done eating to make you feel satisfied. Of course these companies want you to consume their products in large quantities to drive profits, so by suppressing the body’s natural control mechanisms, you continue to eat even when you have exceeded your daily calorie limit. Thus obesity is the result. We continue to eat even though we should be full because the flavors are addicting and our appetite control hormones are being manipulated.
Here are the main reasons you should stay away from any product containing high fructose corn syrup.
- HFCS is not a natural product but is produced by chemical means.
- HFCS turns off insulin and leptin, hormones needed to feel satisfied.
- Mercury contamination has been found in random samples of HFCS.
- Most corn grown for HFCS is genetically modified and riddled with pesticides.
If you want to cut down drastically the amount of processed food you eat, don't buy anything that has high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in it. Unfortunately, when you shop, you'll have to read all labels very carefully because HFCS is in nearly everything: jelly, juice, sodas, whole-grain breads, cereals, ketchup, crackers, yogurt, sweet pickles, applesauce, salad dressing, ice cream, cough syrup and lots
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