What you will read now might not be very easy for you to digest. However, it is an extremely important awareness and should be the first step that every individual should take to avoid diabetes and metabolic syndrome. There is one ingredient that makes a wreck of your body and could be blamed for a lot of the diabetes and metabolic syndrome that has afflicted so many of our generation. The name of this ingredient is high fructose corn syrup.
This ingredient is found in almost all ready, packaged food in the supermarket. Take a count of how many foods in your grocery don’t have corn syrup.
In my house, a food with this ingredient isn’t classified as a food at all. This ingredient is especially found in high quantities is sweetened sodas. By refraining from drinking sweet sodas, one can cut her or his high fructose corn syrup intake by a huge percent. A single 12 oz. soda can could have about 13(!) teaspoons of sugar, but not regular sugar, only the dangerous high fructose corn syrup which could be so detrimental to our health.
At the 67th conference of the American Diabetes Association, they announced a study from the University of California who took people who were overweight and gave them drinks with high fructose corn syrup. After only 2 weeks, they found symptoms of coronary artery disease in these participants! They drank about three soda cans per day which include 1/4 of the total calorie intake per day. Three weeks into the study, their triglycerides went up to almost double than before and their LDL, bad cholesterol, was increased by 17%! Other participants who were given drinks sweetened with glucose did not have these results.
The truth is that the American Diabetes Association knew this information three years before they announced it. Imagine how corrupt the system is that this crucial information was withheld from the public for three years! One example is the way McDonalds sponsors programs to help people loose weight while they feed them with foods that causes them to gain weight. The same with cigarette companies that sponsor programs to encourage people to stop smoking while they keep on increasing their cigarettes with additives that are more addictive. The same scenario occurred here as well. The soda association poured a lot of money into diabetes programs and the corn farmers also developed weight loss programs. That is how they were unfortunately able to keep the American Diabetes Association quiet for such a long time until they had to reveal the truth.
Fructose which comes mostly from corn is used a lot in many drinks such as sodas and sweetened fruit juices because it tastes two times sweeter than other sweeteners and it costs them a lot less. The food processing companies flooded this cheap sweetener into our food supply in the early 1980s, the same time that our country’s obesity rate took an exceptional climb. Why did it make Americans so fat? Is it possible that high fructose corn syrup literally short-wires our metabolism and forces us to gain weight? The answer is that our body will process high fructose corn syrup very differently than it does cane sugar or beet sugar, which will completely change the way metabolic -regulating hormones work. It also forces our liver to send more fat into our blood in the form of triglycerides.
Additionally, high fructose corn syrup will not stimulate the production of leptin. Leptin sends signals to the brain to suppress appetite. What ends up happening is that our bodies are tricked into craving more food and storing more fat.
One of the issues is the ease with which we eat this stuff. They put it in cold cuts, frankfurters, yogurt, frozen, food, bread, cakes, ketchup, etc. They put it into so much food that you get so much of it into your system without knowing it if you are not on the alert.
A recent study suggests that women who had a diet high in high fructose corn syrup had an increased risk of colorectal cancer. Other studies show that people who drink sodas with high fructose corn syrup have an 80% greater chance to develop diabetes!
Pediatric gastroenterologists are seeing more and more sick children whose bodies have been overloaded with high fructose corn syrup. The high fructose corn syrup overloads the intestine’s ability to absorb carbohydrates causing cramps, bloating and loose stools.
I believe that it is equally important to ban sodas as it is to ban drugs.
When will we wake up and stop serving sodas sweetened with high fructose corn syrup at parties and events?
There are lots of politics behind high fructose corn syrup. Federal policies that supported corn production in the 1970s encouraged high fructose corn syrup to be the cheapest way to sweeten food. This caused an increase of sweet snacks and drinks on the market and increased profit. The food industry therefore argues that sugar is sugar and it doesn’t really matter. But they can’t disprove the growing scientific concern that after the entire process, high fructose corn syrup is the furthest thing from natural that one can eat. Still, they spend thousands of dollars to promote politicians who wont go against their agenda.
Now that you know why foods with high fructose corn syrup are still available on your grocery shelf, AVOID SWEETENED BEVERAGES AT ALL COST! Drink water. It’s healthier for your body and your wallet.
Remember to look at the ingredients of ALL foods to make sure they don’t have high fructose corn syrup.
I don’t want you to mistakenly believe that regular sugar is healthy. However, it doesn’t compare to the extreme dangers of high fructose corn syrup. Organic sugar is possibly healthier but it remains the same problem as regular sugar for people with diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
What else should you do to avoid diabetes and metabolic syndrome?
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