Manufacturers began switching to HFCS when they discovered it was 1/3 the cost of sucrose (table sugar). Today, 55% of the sweeteners used in food and beverage are made from corn; its use has increased 10,000%.
What are you eating now that you weren’t eating 30 years ago? Of all the processed food additives particular importance needs to be directed to HFCS (high fructose corn syrup). HFCS is a carbohydrate that behaves like a dietary fat. It was introduced into the food supply in the US in 1975, at the time the rate of obesity was 15%. Manufacturers began switching to HFCS when they discovered it was 1/3 the cost of sucrose (table sugar). Today, 55% of the sweeteners used in food and beverage is made from corn, its use has increased 10,000%. Tragically, many infant formulas now contain 50% sugar; the result is that in the 30 years since the introduction of HFCS the rate of obesity has more than doubled to 34%.
If that isn’t enough, the appetite hormone secreted by your fat cells to let you know you’ve had enough will not work, HFCS blocks this action and this in turn affects the normal calorie in calorie out formula.
The health consequences of excessive intake of fructose and sucrose are obesity, type I diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, high blood pressure, triglycerides and uric acid.
Interestingly, glucose accelerates fructose absorption; in turn this creates the formation of toxic AGEP’s. AGEP alter collagen the most prevalent protein in the body causing increase in skin wrinkling and skin sagging.
HFCS is found in sodas, fruit drinks, bread (it helps bread brown), frozen foods (helps prevent freezer burn), cereals, sports drinks, crackers, ketchup, jam and jello. Read product labels carefully, avoid any products with HFCS.
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