Tuesday, August 17, 2010

High fructose corn syrup

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High fructose corn syrup is made from corn, a natural grain product. High fructose corn syrup contains no artificial or synthetic ingredients or color additives. High-fructose corn syrup is a common sweetener and preservative. High-fructose corn syrup is made by changing the sugar (glucose) in cornstarch to fructose — another form of sugar. High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a manmade sweetener that’s found in a wide range of processed foods, from ketchup and cereals to crackers and salad dressings. It also sweetens just about all of the (regular) soda.

So what so bad about this sweetener when it is from sugar some state that since it was introduced almost 30 years ago obesity has sky rocked since it is in 50 percent of our food “a growing health hazard,” In May 2009, EatingWell did a comprehensive report on high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), found in many processed foods, and there is the report by Princeton and reported that rats given access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those exposed to table sugar. Ok so what do we do then is it good or not?

Eatingwell states To date, the research suggests that high-fructose corn syrup and table sugar aren’t that different: they’re both processed sweeteners that add “empty” calories to our diets. Our bodies seem to treat them the same way.

The link below will give an even more detailed explanation about high fructose corn syrup.

High Fructose Corn Syrup puts people at risk for metabolic syndrome. According to the Mayo Clinic, "Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Having just one of these conditions--increased blood pressure, elevated insulin levels, excess body fat around the waist or abnormal cholesterol levels--contributes to your risk of serious disease. In combination, your risk is even greater." There is a a rise in uric acid in the bloodstream that occurs after fructose is consumed. The temporary spike of HFCS blocks the action of insulin, which typically regulates how body cells use and store sugar and other food nutrients for energy. If uric acid levels are frequently elevated, over time features of metabolic syndrome may develop, including high blood pressure, obesity and elevated blood cholesterol levels.

OK high fructose corn syrup is way worse for you than other sugar !!!! your body has no idea how to process it so it turns it into a heavy fat... and so on i have pages and pages of research on it

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) has been the subject of a study in lab rats, the control group was given sugar water, the test group was given water+HFCS. This was in addition to the regular diet of Rat Chow. Both groups were given the exact same amount of calories overall, and the same amount of calories in Rat Chow, the ONLY difference was the substitution of HFCS for sugar. The rats given HFCS gained 48% of their body weight in fat. This is the equivalent of a 200 pound person gaining 96 pounds. This was Princeton even.


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