With the obesity epidemic ballooning, Americans are trying to overcome the sugar addiction by using a number of sweeteners that supposedly are healthier and lower in cost. An example would be high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). But what is it and does it have dangers of its own?
Let’s consider some facts about HFCS, how it was discovered and health considerations for the users.
What is HFCS?
In the 1970s, Japanese scientists discovered a process wherein cornstarch could be turned into HFCS. The result was a genetically modified product containsing 55% fructose (fruit sugar) and 45% glucose (the sugar that is used by the body). During the 1970s, sugar became so expensive that the food and beverage manufacturers began using high fructose corn syrup. (“Danger of high fructose corn syrup” healthmad.com)
Nowadays, HFCS has become widespread since the government provides subsidies to manufacturers who produce it. It is the main sweetener in most carbonated beverages. HFCS can be found in cake mixes, cookies, sauces, breakfast cereals and baked goods.
Why is HFCS dangerous?
Once HFCS is consumed, it travels straight to the liver where it is converted into fat. HFCS does not cause the pancreas to produce insulin, which also signals hunger satisfaction to the brain. So, to summarize , we are eating foods that are converted into fat and never getting the full feeling.(“Dangers of high fructose corn syrup” healthmad.com).
How to avoid HFCS
Look at some of the processed foods on the supermarket shelves and you will see that the list of foods containing HFCS is nearly infinite – ketchup, cookies, relish, soda and many other foods contain the sweetener. When shopping, look for abbreviations such as: HFCS, corn syrup and modified corn starch for clues. Avoid processed foods and eating out. Cooked foods are notorious for everything from increased sugar, fat, and sodium to poor preparation and handling. Best to cook and eat at home.Okay, I know, that’s not practical. But, when you do go out, it is probably best to substitute sugary drinks with water and lemon, seltzer water and lemon and juices. Diet conscious folks are doing this already. Now, to convince the kids. Limit the amounts of sugary desserts and goodies in your house such as donuts, cookies, candy, etc. Most savvy moms are doing these things anyway. Look at the breakfast cereal labels to check the content and opt for lower sugar cereals. Try using fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries and bananas. (Oh, wash the berries well!) Good health to you and your family. For more information, please visit: Sherelynne.blogspot.com