Fourth Pillar of Health- Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup

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AVOID High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

HFCS or High Fructose Corn Syrup is used by many food industries as a sweetener. The reason being, it is less expensive when compared to real  sugar and this helps to maximize profits.  HFCS not only provides  a lot of calories but is used to sweeten thousands of processed foods. These include sodas, juices, ketchup, cookies, pastries, syrups,  breads and more. Avoiding HFCS is also important for a person on the Paleo diet or Keto diet as it is pure carbohydrates and ultimately contributes to weight gain and fat storage.

Coca Cola Pulling a Fast One?

Interestedly,  Coca Cola Corporation uses HFCS in the United States while using real sugar in their sodas in other places around the world.  When I (rarely) drink cola, I personally enjoy  Coke from  Mexico more than a Coke made in the United States.  Being in Southern California, finding Mexican Coca-Cola is easy.   Also, when I  have visited other countries around the world, I have noticed their  Coca-Cola tastes better than those at home. This is because it has real sugar and not HFCS.

Health Effects

Studies have shown HFCS not only increases one’s risk for diabetes but also can negatively affect those who already have diabetes. Not only does HFCS raise blood sugar and Hemoglobin A1c but it also increases the amount of protein in the urine, an indicator of diabetic kidney damage.

High Fructose Corn Syrup also can contribute to a fatty liver, a condition where one’s liver has accumulated excess fat. This  condition is becoming a leading cause of chronic liver failure in the United States and is  now resulting in the need for  liver transplants in those whose livers have failed.  Drug companies are trying to develop drugs to help reverse fatty liver. In reality, changing one’s diet is all that is needed.

Other studies have shown that increased consumption of high fructose corn syrup also increases one’s risk for heart disease and gout.  This sweetener is literally killing us.  Obviously, eliminating HFCS from one’s diet is very important.

Alternatives

Start by reading the label and simply avoiding foods which contain high fructose corn syrup. While these inferior foods may save you and your family a few dollars in the short term, they will almost certainly cost you more money in healthcare in the long-term.

If you need to sweeten your food, use honey,  raw cane sugar or stevia.  Otherwise, I recommend you avoid other artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame (Nutrasweet).

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