Nasty Additives: High Fructose Corn Syrup

Dec 13

Nasty Additives: High Fructose Corn Syrup

So, we’ve heard all kinds of stuff about this lately, and I’ve even seen ads where moms reassure each other that there’s nothing wrong with this High Fructose Corn Syrup, but just to be safe, let’s take a closer look, OK?

First of all, what is High Fructose Corn Syrup? Here’s a great article on HFCS from Wikipedia that gives a lot of detail

There have been mixed results when testing this substance, but a recent study at Princeton University showed that, if nothing else, HFCS contributes pretty clearly to obesity:

“Some people have claimed that high-fructose corn syrup is no different than other sweeteners when it comes to weight gain and obesity, but our results make it clear that this just isn’t true, at least under the conditions of our tests,” said psychology professor Bart Hoebel, who specializes in the neuroscience of appetite, weight and sugar addiction. “When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they’re becoming obese — every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don’t see this; they don’t all gain extra weight.”

The article goes on to say:

“These rats aren’t just getting fat; they’re demonstrating characteristics of obesity, including substantial increases in abdominal fat and circulating triglycerides,” said Princeton graduate student Miriam Bocarsly. “In humans, these same characteristics are known risk factors for high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, cancer and diabetes.”

So, if losing weight and keeping trim is on your New Year’s Resolutions list, you might want to rethink products containing High Fructose Corn Syrup. You especially want to rethink this if you have children – let’s not get them started early on the dieting yo-yo!

Also, the Diabeties Health website shares the following concerns about ingesting HFCS:

Problems Caused by Too Much HFCS

  • It can lead to higher caloric intake
  • It can lead to an increase in bodyweight
  • It fools your body into thinking it’s hungry
  • It increases the amount of processed foods you eat, thereby decreasing your intake of nutrient-dense foods
  • It may increase insulin resistance and triglycerides

They also state that:

To make matters worse, fructose consumption is tied to insulin resistance in rodents and increased triglyceride secretion (suggesting that it may have the same effect on humans, too). Considering that type 2 is a common co-morbidity of overweight and obesity, insulin resistance is common. Therefore, if fructose does, in fact, have the same insulin-resistant effect in humans as it does in rodents, individuals would be exacerbating the issue by consuming too much of it.

Want more info? Check out this podcast: Diet Science – High Fructose Corn Syrup is now Corn Sugar? Don’t be Fooled! or this article: High Fructose Corn Syrup: What You Need to Know | MommyB Knows Best

Want some help avoiding it? Check out this article: How to Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup: 7 steps (with pictures) – wikiHow

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