Tuesday, August 12, 2008

HFCS Makes You Fat

If you can't loose weight no matter what you do, take a hard look at what you have been eating. A very common additive called high fructose corn syrup ( HFCS ) that is in 70% of prepackaged foods will make loosing weight nearly impossible.

Foods that most people include in their diet thinking they are healthy can actually be secretly sabotaging your weight loss efforts. You may be surprised to see just which foods contain HFCS, sodas you would expect. But juices, candies, baked goods, cookies, syrups, soups, ketchup, breakfast cereals, granola bars, whole wheat bread, low fat yogurt, soups and pasta sauces may surprise you.

The FDA says health conscious people inadvertently consume 62 pounds of HFCS every year.

HFCS is one of the most toxic chemicals in our food supply, it significantly disrupts the function of the liver, pancreas, and organs that control weight by metabolizing fatty acids and regulating blood sugar.

The problem is in the fructose, it does not release or stimulate insulin. Insulin is a naturally occurring hormone that helps to metabolize our foods by pushing carbohydrates into our muscle cells to be used as energy, and allows carbohydrates to be stored in our liver for later use.

It also stimulates production of another hormone, leptin, which helps to regulate our storage of body fat and increases our metabolism when needed. These two hormones keep our body fat regulated and tells us, for all intent purposes, when we are satisfied and sends the message to our brain to stop eating.

Consuming even a small amount of HFCS impairs the body's ability to recognize leptin,HFCS inflames liver cells and reduces the livers ability to breakdown fat for fuel.

The Benefits Of Consuming HFCS

It makes skin sag
It raises blood pressure
It ages the liver
It can cause insulin resistance and diabetes
You are 5 times more likely to have below average memory

Benefits Of Not Consuming HFCS

Cut your high fructose corn syrup intake to near zero
Re balance your appetite
Boost your metabolism
Increase fat loss
Get more energy

High fructose corn syrup lurks in seemingly healthy places !

Always read those labels! If you find that one of the first ingredients on the label is high fructose corn syrup, look to the nutrition facts label and read how much sugar is actually in the food.

If there is 2-3 grams or less, there is less concern than those foods with higher quantities. For those products, you may want to consider other alternatives that don’t contain HFCS

Monitor products that say low fat or fat free, when the fat is removed a chemical is usually added to maintain texture and flavor making it twice as unhealthy.

Be weary of products that say natural or organic, the FDA doesn't regulate words.

If you are not sure but only products that say 100 % organic.

Want to know more ? see - Why Do I Look The Way I Do ?

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