GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) - Are you wondering if high fructose corn syrup is good for you? Wellness expert Michele Fife weighs in with her opinion.
Is high fructose corn syrup the devil? Well, its no angel I can tell you that. A few years back I made my new years resolution to eliminate HFCS from my diet. I was not a soda drinking and really don’t purchase standard candies but I wanted to eliminate it completely from my life. Shopping initially took me a lot longer, reading the labels of standard items I would buy I found it was in almost everything. Little by little it left my house and then my body. I know that I had only been ingesting very small quantities but it was more the principle of it. I wanted to have more control over what was included in my diet.
HFCS is considered a simple sugar. It is a common sweetener used in MANY products. At study conducted by Princeton University research found that simple sugars of this variety do contribute to obesity and much more so than natural or raw sugars do. Rats on a diet including HFCS showed signs of a dangerous condition known in humans as the metabolic syndrome, including abnormal weight gain, especially visceral fat around the belly. The HFCS rats showed weight gain 48% higher than those on a normal diet.
Take in to consideration that in the last 40 some years since HFCS was introduced as a low cost sweetener American obesity has skyrocketed. HFCS is insidious (says Michele) and is an ingredient in many products such as juices, breads, condiments, sodas, and more.
It might take you some time to adjust at first but avoid it if you can. I am all for sweet but get your sweets in a natural way, look for raw sugar, 100% juice drinks and avoid soda period. Over time your body will thank you and you will feel more like your Self.
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