Cheap Ubiquitous Poison: HFCS

by Ed

HFCS, or high fructose corn syrup, is the main sweetener that has been in soft drinks and other sweetened foods for the past thirty years. High Fructose Corn Syrup, sounds safe enough, like a fruity sweetener from corn. However, many think that it is a major factor in our obesity epidemic, not to mention diabetes and cholesterol problems. While the research is still mixed, the risks associated with HFCS are something you should be aware of.

One big problem is that HFCS does not seem to trigger the fullness button. People never feel satiated, so they’ll keep eating and drinking, more and more. Not only are people consuming more calories, but the things they are consuming are void of any nutritional value.

Another problem that is being researched is that it seems to disrupt insulin’s ability to do its job. If this is true, it could be a major factor in the huge increase in diabetes. It’s a double whammy, because people are consuming more sugar, in the form of HFCS, because it is less filling, and insulin is being disrupted on top of that.

Fructose is more likely to be turned into fat than other sugars, such as glucose, which is mostly turned into energy. Fructose also increases triglyceride levels which has a negative impact on cholesterol levels.

Another thing is that to make HFCS, corn syrup is processed with genetically modified enzymes. If you are worried about GMOs, which I am, it’s just one more reason to avoid HFCS.

So what to do? Avoid prepackaged, sweetened foods. That’s a good idea any way, because there are many other nutritional problems with eating processed foods. For a healthy diet, the more whole, unprocessed foods you eat, the better. It doesn’t matter to me if you believe in a low protein diet or a low carbohydrate diet, just eat real food and you’ll be a lot healthier.