HFCS has found its way to majority of the foods and drinks found in our local grocery stores. The main reason why is because it’s cheap and profitable for the businesses to use these than regular sugar. But how does it affect our health? Well, here is a scary fact: Research shows that as the consumption of HFCS has increased, so has the obesity rates in the US.
The obesity rates have actually tripled and the incidents of diabetes have increased seven fold, as HFCS consumption went up to 60 pounds per person per year.
It is time to reassess what does into your grocery cart. In this article, we are going to look at two ways HFCS is affecting your body.
HFCS Promotes Body Weight Gain And Triglyceride Levels
In a study by Princeton University, the researchers attempted to examine both long and short term affects of HFCS on body weight, body fat and triglycerides, compared to sucrose (table sugar).
The results showed that, even though both groups were given the same amount of calories, the rats who had access to HFCS for 12 hours, had significantly gained more body weight than the group who had access to sucrose. For long term effects, the researchers monitored and analyzed data of over 6-7 months. What they found was that HFCS rats were significantly higher in body weight, adipose fat especially in the abdomen, and they also had an increased level of circulating triglycerides.
These triglycerides prevents the hormone Leptin from signaling the brain satiety, or the feeling of fullness, thus inducing obesity.
HFCS does not curb hunger; in fact it stimulates it.
Other studies show that when compared with glucose, fructose hinders the secretion of hormones insulin and leptin. Both of these hormones tell the brain what state to be in, appetite wise. These hormones are involved in the regulation of body fat by signaling to the CNS CNS (central nervous system) to stop the food intake and increase the energy expenditure.
It also does not suppress the production of Ghrelin, a hunger hormone, whose job is to make us feel hungry. A research study showed that within 15 minutes of drinking glucose, the desire for food was suppressed because of an increase in insulin, leptin and lower levels of ghrelin. With fructose, however, this appetite suppression did not occur. It produced no change on ghrelin which resulted in overeating.
It can be very hard to avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup because it is used as a sweenter in almost everything. But remember this, most of the substances HFCS is found in is unhealthy foods. A few of these items include Colas, jams, applesauce, cakes, cookies and cereals. These are not good for you anyways, especially if you plan to live a long, and most importantly, healthy life. By weeding out HFCS from your diet, you will be eliminating an entire spectrum of foods that are dangerous for both your waist line and the vital organs.
Instead, use natural sweeteners like honey and molasses. It will save you and your family’s life.
HFCS manipulates the hormonal pathways which can make it dangerous. A healthy diet should have food elements that works with your body’s natural mechanism helping it to reach a better state, and not work against it.
In the comment section below, tell us what do you plan to substitute HFCS with? If you have already eliminated HFCS from your diet, have you seen any major physical changes?