What Is High Fructose Corn Syrup?
I am often asked, what is high fructose corn syrup? I am going to keep this simple.
This Is What HFCS Is:
High fructose corn syrup is a simple sugar made from two different types of corn sugars.
The two sugars are chemically combined to form a new sugar. Thus, high fructose corn syrup is two sugars chemically combined.
The problem with high fructose corn syrup is that your body can not undo what man has done.
Basically, it is so simple (mono-saccharides) that it is already digested for you and goes straight into your blood stream via osmosis.
High fructose corn syrup is the number one cause of diabetes.
- High fructose corn syrup was created in the late 50s.
- By the 70s it was showing up in most of our food.
- By the eighties, the incidence of diabetes was increased by over 800%.
Why is High Fructose Corn Syrup Used?
So the next obvious question is why is it being used in everything? The answer is somewhat simple as well.
It is plentiful and therefore cheap.
We grow too much corn. The US government is paying the farmers to grow corn through an out of date subsidy program.
High fructose corn syrup is very stable and easy to use in processing. That coupled with the inexpensive cost makes it easy for all processed food manufacturers to include it in their recipe.
Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup
When checking your food’s ingredient list, avoid high fructose corn syrup at all cost.
This may take some effort.
When you start this quest you will find that almost everything on the grocery shelves includes high fructose corn syrup.
Eliminating this small item in your family’s diet will impact your future health and the health of your children and yet it is no small task.
It will take some time initially to find foods with regular sugar, honey or maple syrup but it is an investment in your family’s future. So make a commitment to do it. Once you have found products you like, then just stick with them.
Remember that all sugars are not created equal.
You will never eliminate sugar entirely from your diet.
Almost all convenience foods are laden with high fructose corn syrup.
Today most grocery stores have a health food or organic section, so check the ingredients in that section to find better quality products.
Convenience foods can be made right!
If you can not find a product you like without high fructose corn syrup at your regular grocery store, then go to a health food store. When you find what you like, take it to the grocery store and ask them to stock it.
High fructose corn syrup is a man-made sugar which your body can not un-make and it goes straight into your blood stream.
Avoid high fructose corn syrup at all costs!
Your family deserves the best!
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