Sunday, September 12, 2010

High Fructose Corn Syrup

Hello Readers. I have had a whirlwind of change the past few weeks and have missed blogging. However, I have been keeping notes and doing research on "blog worthy" topics so BRACE YOURSELVES. Today, I want to address High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Recently, I saw a very disturbing commercial. A woman was pouring "fruit punch" for kids at a party. One mom stated, "Oh, I guess you do not care what you feed the are feeding them High Fructose Corn Syrup... you know what they say..." Mom #2 replies, "No, what do they say?" Dumbfounded, and unable to answer, the "fruit punch" mom won the argument. Well, I do not want any of us to be left speechless like this good intentioned mom.

According to a study by Princeton University, HFCS leads to more weight gain than normal table sugar when ingested on a regular basis (THINK SODAS!). Rats were fed rat chow infused with sugar, and a second group was fed chow infused with HFCS. The HFCS group gained more weight. In a similar study, not only did the HFCS rat group gain more weight, but the rats' triglyceride levels were increased as well. Proportionately, some rats gained the equivalent of a man gaining 96 pounds during the study!!! Continual fructose intake, just like continual alcohol intake, will eventually lead to fatty liver syndrome and cirrhosis.... just like an alcoholic.

So my question is this: Why are commercials being made that say HFCS is ok? The food industry must be getting nervous as our population is getting more educated on clean eating. I think we should have the freedom to buy and eat whatever we want; however, we should be informed consumers and eat these poisons in moderation..... well, when I say it like that, I think I would rather stay away from it completely.