When we think of nutritional food we think “natural,” so when we find out something is man-made our ears perk up, as they well should. High Fructose Corn syrup is a man-made sweetener that does not provide the body with nutrition, but rather has a negative nutritional impact.
Food manufacturers love to sell HFCS to the unsuspecting public. Why? Because it is cheaper and sweeter than sugar. High Fructose Corn syrup can be added to an unbelievable number of foods, including foods that you have been led to believe are good for you, such as bread, cereal, pasta sauce and meal replacement bars.
Did I say cheaper? Yes, and cheaper means higher profits. Did I say sweeter? Yes, human beings have a natural tendency for sweet foods, and when something is sweet it tastes good so we want to eat more of it. So, put cheaper and sweeter together and what do you get? You get a sure-fire way for the food manufacturers to get rich, and a gold-sealed guarantee for obesity and disease, and all this before they even know what hit them..
This processed sugar didn’t even exist in the food chain until the 1970’s, and if a “food” could be compared to a human sociopath it would be High Fructose Corn Syrup. This processed concoction is really, really, really bad for you. HFCS is loaded with calories, but your body does not recognize this fuel source, and it shuts down your body’s ability to naturally shut off the appetite. This lets you eat and eat, and still be hungry and then desire to eat some more.
Did you know that before High Fructose Corn syrup was invented; humans couldn’t sit down and just continue eating, because the natural appetite control button would buzz and people would know they were full. Yes folks, our body has a way of detecting natural sugars that are consumed and it has a way of saying “no more!” But with HFCS, it is as if the sociopath has creeped in unawares just to do a number on us.
High Fructose Corn syrup is a true junk food, and people need to be warned because of the sneaky manner in which it has maneuvered its way into our food supply. Obesity is becoming epidemic in our country, and HFCS can’t be left out of the equation. By the late 1990s, every person was consuming about 62 pounds a year, which equals about 230 additional calories a day.
It is not the corn syrup that is the problem because corn syrup is made of glucose which can be stored in your liver and muscles for later use, if it is not used immediately. The problem is fructose; fructose is not used immediately, but rather it metabolizes into fat. Fructose naturally occurs in fruit and honey, but eating it naturally won’t have the same affect as eating the artificial processed versions.
An example of how bad High Fructose Corn Syrup is, all you have to do is open your fridge and sneak a peek at your soda. Soda consumption is addictive, and its consumption rate has doubled in the last few decades. The consumption rate of this kind of artificial processed sweetener, which is not recognized by your body as a food, is unprecedented.
Of course, it is usually best to take the middle road and say that anything in moderation is not going to hurt you from time to time. As long as you are aware that High Fructose Corn Syrup is in any and everything, then you can read your labels and at least try and avoid it in the so-called healthy foods. The public is becoming more aware of this issue, so they are putting pressure on manufacturers to cool it. You too can write letters, and refuse to buy foods that have high amounts of HFCS as a listed ingredient.
It is wise to become a label reader because this is the only way in which you can defend yourself. If the label lists 8 grams or more of sugar, and High Fructose Corn Syrup is up towards the top of the list, play the game of hot potato and drop it real quick. If there is just a gram or two, unless you are a real stickler for perfection just let it go.
Life choices are sometimes like a war where one must willfully and strategically perform maneuvers which will preserve life, so making wise choices which will enhance our health and longevity is just a strategically smart defensive move. An occasional treat with High Fructose Corn Syrup is not going to hurt you; it is the daily steady diet of any amount which could prove to be dangerous to your health.
Think of the villian in the last sci-fi movie you watched, and how the hero had to come up with some clever strategies to foil the villians plan. This is the same with High Fructose Corn Syrup; you may need to stay one step ahead of this sociopathic villian, and the weapon of choice is knowledge. Knowledge is power, as they say and that doesn’t change just because something tastes good.
I have stopped drinking soda altogether, but for those who choose to drink it try replacing half of what you would normally drink with Unsweetened sparkling water, or better yet just plain, fresh and pure water.
Some Chocolate bars are made without HFCS, so check the labels and support those businesses which don’t use it. Remember to reward the good guys with your dollar support.
Pure Maple Syrup is a powerhouse of a treat, and is tastier on pancakes than regular pancake syrup.
Ice cream is lower in HFCS than frozen yogurt, and organic yogurt is better than either.
Avoid the high sweetened breakfast cereals that are targeted mainly for children, rather navigate to the less sweetened cereals, such as cheerios, or make hot cereals on some days. Don’t listen to the t.v. commercials, pay attention to the nutritional labeling.
Remember, High Fructose Corn Syrup is a processed man-made concoction that is sweeter than sugar, and is highly addictive. It has been placed strategically in our food supply to entice us to buy more, which is financially beneficial to the food manufacturers. It is public awareness and conscientious shopping that will help us to defend our health and longevity.
If we stop buying food with large amounts of High Fructose Corn syrup you can bet that the manufacturers would listen. So, though an occasional treat won’t hurt you, it is wise to not go down that sticky road too often.