REMOVING HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP FROM YOUR DIET.
Completely removing (HFCS) High Fructose Corn Syrup from your diet is the single best move you can make for your health. HFCS promotes fat production and storage in the body. If you want to lose and maintain fat loss, you'll never do so eating a diet laced with HFCS.
If I had to power rank all of the "bad" foods and ingredients I would never eat, HFCS is BY FAR #1.
WHY IS HFCS SO BAD?
High Fructose Corn Syrup also can cause inflammation in the body, literally punch holes in the intestinal lining, and also contains unmonitored amounts of mercury. While the mercury may seems trivial, consider how many products the average person eats a day containing HFCS...and the large portion sizes!
HFCS is composed of unbound fructose and glucose in 55:45 ratio. Because the compound is unbound, digestion is not required to breakdown the fructose and glucose, which allows the fructose and glucose to be rapidly absorbed by the body.
(Cane Sugar is sucrose, which is a bound compound molecule of 50:50 fructose and glucose. Because it is bound, it needs to go through the digestive process to breakdown for absorption.)
Rapidly absorbed fructose goes straight to the liver and basically turns your liver into a FAT FACTORY producing triglycerides and cholesterol. The rapidly absorbed glucose causes a spike in insulin which is the fat storage hormone.
Basically, when you eat and drink HFCS, you are causing your body to rapidly produce fat (fructose in the liver) and enabling the body to store this fat (insulin spike).
IS HFCS WORSE THAN SUGAR?
Sugar, in any form, will cause obesity and disease when consumed in pharmacological doses. Depending on the source, it's estimated that Americans are averaging between 120-150lbs of sugar a year PER PERSON!
HFCS does not require digestion, so the sugars are able to wreak havoc immediately on the body.
HFCS on a nutrition label is a indicator of POOR QUALITY FOOD that contains a laundry list of other low quality ingredients and toxins that also promote weight gain: hydrogenated oils, trans fats, salts, chemicals, etc.
WHY IS HFCS IN OUR FOOD?
HFCS is used in highly processed foods as a sugar substitute because it is sweeter than regular sugar and much CHEAPER to produce! So, when you see highly processed foods like sodas offered in giant sizes without the cost going up much at all, this is possible because of how cheap it is to produce HFCS.
REMOVING HFCS FROM YOUR DIET.
Open up your pantry and cabinets and just take an inventory of how many products your have that contain HFCS (sodas, boxed processed foods, dressings, marinades, seasonings, pastries, candies, etc). Do yourself a favor and throw them all out!
Replace these foods with whole, natural foods. You can still enjoy some of these indulgences like pastries and macaroni & cheese if you make them at home from scratch using natural ingredients.
If you would like ideas and tips on removing HFCS by implementing a whole, natural nutrition plan, check out my 7Day Lean Lifestyle Nutrition Plan.
Your body will thank you!