Does High Fructose Corn Syrup Effect Your Weight?
What is High Fructose Corn Syrup and what is it doing to me? There are so many confusing things on the media when it comes to HFCS, so I wanted to break it down into simpler terms and why it becomes so DIFFICULT to lose weight when this ingredient is in the foods we consume.
High Fructose Corn Syrup, or (HFCS) is a highly-refined artificial sweetener which has become the number one source of calories in America. It is found in almost all processed foods. HFCS packs on the pounds faster than any other ingredient, increases your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, and contributes to the development of diabetes and tissue damage, among other harmful effects.
Think of it’s concentration this way. The coca plant is harmless and ok to eat. But when manufactured into a super concentrated dose, it becomes cocaine and is addictive and lethal. This is the same concept with HFCS. Its a super high dose of Sugar that promotes serious weight gain and over eating. Not only is it addictive, it actually shuts off the hormone "Leptin" in your gut. Leptin's job is to tell your brain that your stomach is full. HFCS shuts this process down so we over eat. While the commercials claim that it’s fine in moderation, the truth is that the whole problem with high fructose corn syrup in the first place, is that moderation is seemingly impossible. The syrup interferes with the body’s metabolism so that a person can’t stop eating. It’s truly hard to control cravings because high fructose corn syrup slows down the secretion of leptin in the body. Leptin is a crucial hormone in the body that tells you that you’re full and to stop eating. That’s why it’s so closely associated with obesity in this country. It’s like an addictive drug.
The most common foods with HFCS are:
Soft Drinks (both diet and regular)
Sauces and Dressings
Liquid packaged fruits and vegetables
Breakfast Cereals and Breakfast bars
Nearly all processed snacks
Instead: Try and avoid sugar all together, but if you have it, have the real thing. Unrefined raw brown sugar, real maple syrup, raw local honey or even brown or green stevia from the plant source.