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what is HFCS

Posted by on Feb. 26, 2008 at 10:32 PM
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High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is scary stuff and something to be
avoided. Why? I knew you'd want to know!

The consumption of HFCS has been indicted for the growing obesity
problem in American and in the world. One reason is the increase of
the use of HFCS—it's cheap. Not only is it a concentrated sugar, it is
also a preservative! And if that isn't enough, HFCS is thought to be
more readily converted to fat by your liver than straight sugar. YIKES!

Your body processes HFCS differently than straight sugar. HFCS blocks
leptin, a naturally secreted chemical in your body, which regulates
appetite. If your leptin ain't working, your appetite can veer out of
control. There is a definite link between the consumption of HFCS,
high cholesterol and diabetes when animal studies were conducted. The
jury is still out on how it affects humans, but in my humble opinion,
I think it's a smart bet to avoid HFCS anyway.

The biggest culprits of HFCS are soft drinks, fruity flavored
beverages and processed foods—all high in calories, low on nutrients.
The second ingredient in a soda pop after carbonated water is HFCS. So
let's say you fill up your gas tank at the local 7-11 and while you're
paying, you get yourself a little something to put in your own tank--a
Super Gulp thing (64 ounces of cola). After it's all gone and you're
chewing on the ice, you find you're hungry. You may have had enough
calories to guzzle (that'll be 840 calories to be exact), but you sure
didn't get one nutrient. Your body is starving for REAL food, the kind
that will help it function, think and perform for you. You can't do
that on empty calories.

How do you avoid HFCS? Glad you asked—here you go, 1, 2, 3 easy things
to do:

*Read food labels…HFCS will be clearly marked on the ingredient list.
The closer to the top of the list of ingredients, the more that's in
there.

*Eat cleaner. I promise you, you will not find HFCS in fresh fruits
and vegetables!

*Replace the soda with water. Again, I repeat: REPLACE THE SODA WITH
WATER. Not only is the HFCS horrible, you don't want artificial sugars
and the bone eating affects of the phosphates in soda, either.

Let's fling the junk that's holding us down. You ready to FLY? Grab
your water bottle and let's GO!
by on Feb. 26, 2008 at 10:32 PM
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