Six reasons why high fructose corn syrup is bad for you

During this Christmas season you should think about limiting added sugars especially corn syrup.

They cause a lot of health issues such as obesity and chronic health conditions.

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What is corn syrup?

Corn syrup is a form of sugar which is made from the starch of corn. Its also known as glucose syrup which manufacturers use to soften texture in food, add volume to food, prevent the crystallization of sugar and enhance flavour of food.

In Australia this is known as glucose syrup and is found in the baking section of the supermarket. BHG says that corn syrup is 100% glucose syrup.

So what then is high fructose corn syrup?

This is just corn syrup with fructose included in high amounts. Fructose is a type of sugar. It is a highly processed ingredient

Where is high fructose corn syrup found?

High fructose corn syrup is found in most candy and soft drinks. It’s also found in beer. They have no calories but a higher rate of oligosaccharides.

Increases your risk of fatty liver disease

High fructose corn syrup places stress on your liver and kidneys. Eating too much of it can cause kidney damage as well as liver damage.

“Fructose is known to stimulate fat accumulation in the liver by increasing fat synthesis yet blocking fat breakdown. In order to chemically create high fructose corn syrup, glucose and fructose, which are naturally linked together, become separated. When HFCS enters your bloodstream, the freed-up fructose travels directly into your liver and overwhelms your liver’s processing capacity. This then causes unhealthy fat production in your liver called lipogenesis. ” (Dr.Axe)

Increases your risk of obesity

Eating too much of this causes obesity. We are already overweight and obesity is one of today’s health problems.

Excessive intake causes diabetes

High Fructose corn syrup is just a added sugar type. Of course we know that if we eat too much sugar it can cause diabetes. A person with a higher amount of visceral fat is more at risk of diabetes. If we eat too much sugar it can cause our visceral fat levels to go up and decrease our insulin sensitivity.

Contains no essential nutrients

High Fructose corn syrup is just a sugar

Can cause other chronic illnesses

This includes high blood pressure, heart diseases, strokes etc.

It can increase your cholesterol levels

High fructose corn syrup is a high cholesterol food

It is recommended that people have no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day. If you want sweetness in your foods try adding some honey or molasses as they have natural sugars in them.

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