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Although some of the 155 lbs of sugar the average American eats comes from the obvious sugar in desserts, pastries, chocolate and candy…a large amount of that comes from the ‘hidden’ sugar that we eat in our food every day and one of those is specifically called High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) which is the most common sweetener in processed foods and beverages. Aside from the fact that corn gluten has been shown to cause detriment to those with gluten sensitivity, corn fructose is toxic for other reasons…
Dangers of Corn Fructose
Don’t be fooled by this name for some think, “Well it has corn in it and fructose and that is the sugar in fruit so it must be good for you.” That is far from the truth because many health professionals call HFCS a toxic and poisonous substance.
Unfortunately it has leaked into our food system and probably won’t be going anywhere, anytime soon and it’s where many people consume lots of sugar and they don’t even really know it. The key to reading ingredient labels is to look for what is on the first 3 to 5 ingredients, which means if it is listed in the first 3 to 5 that is the largest amount of ingredient in the food.
If HFCS is still listed on the label, I wouldn’t touch it, I don’t care where it is but at least don’t purchase foods with it in the top 5 to 7 ingredients. Too much of this toxic substance in our bodies has been linked to obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, rapid aging, fatty liver disease and many more conditions.
The quick rise in medical problems in America has also been directly related to the rise of the consumption of HFCS. If you are eating any processed foods or beverages that are sweetened with NON artificial sweeteners, believe me, you are getting plenty of HFCS. And even though HFCS comes from a natural source, it’s essentially an unnatural product.
Our bodies are not made to consume too much fructose and before this substance arrived in practically all processed food, we were only consuming about 15 grams a day of fructose in fruits and vegetables but now we are consuming about 80 grams a day…this is what is causing a problem. Our bodies were not made to process that much fructose, especially in the processed form in HFCS.
Since fructose is metabolized in the liver, one thing too much fructose does in the body is increases triglycerides in the liver, contributing to fatty liver disease and in the veins, increasing the risk for heart disease.
Even though HFCS is the main “fake” sugar to look out for here is a list of some other sugars that are in our food supply but keep in mind the main ones to focus on first are sugar and HFCS….one step at a time!
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List of the Common Sugars on Food Labels
- Barley malt
- Beet sugar
- Brown sugar
- Cane crystals
- Cane juice crystals
- Cane sugar
- Carob syrup
- Corn syrup
- Corn sweetener
- Corn syrup solids
- Evaporated cane juice
- Fruit juice
- Fruit juice concentrate
- Granulated sugar
- Grape juice concentrate
- High-fructose corn Syrup
- Malt syrup
- Maple syrup
- Powdered sugar
- Raw sugar
- Rice SyrupSucrose
- Sugar (the most common sugar ingredient)
The most important thing to remember is to start reading the labels of the food you eat. Doing this one simple thing, can have a huge impact on the foods you choose. Get more help on breaking the sugar cycle here <<<