Sunday, July 10, 2011

High-Fructose Corn Syrup?

      Due to the rise in corn production throughout the 1970’s in the US, High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) was invented.  Most of all the processed foods we eat today contain HFCS.  HFCS is found in products that you would not even think it was in.  HFCS is found in sodas, cakes, cookies, salad dressing, and other products we shop for regularly.  This artificial sweetener is widely overused today and is putting more and more people at risk of health problems resulting from obesity. 
      Our bodies are made to process more natural sugar levels.  HFCS is actually a combination of two sugars to make an artificial sweetener which is less expensive and preserves food products longer.  It is difficult for our bodies to process sugar at this level when consumed.  When you eat something with HFCS as an ingredient, it’s like overloading your body on sugar.  This can lead to increased blood glucose (sugar) levels and even liver problems.
       It is recommended to limit the amount of processed foods with HFCS that you eat .  The short term affects of this unnatural sweetener could be diarrhea, gas, and bloating.  A diet full of processed foods containing HFCS can lead to high triglyceride levels, insulin resistance, diabetes, and dental problems (cavities).  

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