A little background
Use of HFCS in processed foods began in the 70's and gradually replaced cane and beet sugar in foods.
The 80's showed a huge spike in the use of HFCS and not surprisingly this coincides with skyrocketing obesity.
85% of HFCS is made from genetically modified corn.
HFCS can be found in candies, juice, ketchup, canned fruits and vegetables, aperetifs, chocolate, frozen meals, vitamins, cough syrup, crackers, mayonnaise, salad dressing, pastry, ice cream, cookies, yogurt, yogurt drinks, gum, jam, etc.
The trouble with HFCS?
There is no level of satiation.
Here's what happens...
Sugar, glucose and other sugars cause the pancreas to produce insulin. Fructose does not. Fructose also has no effect on the production of leptin, a hormone produced by the body's fat cells. Both insulin and leptin signal the body to start suppressing appetite.
When soft drinks were sweetened with sugar if you drank a lot you would probably vomit. Now you can drink a few liters and the body will tolerate it. You can also consume a whole bag of cookies and want to eat more. The same holds true for any snack sweetened with HFCS.
Also, HFCS does not raise glycemic levels, it is transformed into triglycerides, which is a kind of fat, which is found in the blood and deposited in the arteries. It raises our cholesterol and is a major factor in the cause of heart disease, heart attack and other health disorders.
Sugar and HFCS have some of the same effects on the body...here are only a few
- Immediately depresses the immune system
- Increases acidity in the body
- Increases free radicals
- Can contribute to hyperactivity, anxiety and depression
- Causes cavities