Don't Sabotage Your Program Because of This Hidden Ingredient

High fructose corn syrup is a hidden ingredient that may be disguised as simply “fructose.” However, it is made up of 55% fructose and 45% glucose. No matter, it is still a simple sugar that must be processed by your liver.

We expect to find it in soft drinks and other sweets. However it is also found in many other foods like whole wheat breads, cereals, added to fruit juices and numerous other packaged foods. It is a cheap sweetener that can cause some damage and sabotage your diet at the same time.

Some people may be fooled by the listing of fructose because we know that fruits have natural fructose in them. The small amount found naturally in some fruits actually help your body process glucose.

However, if too much fructose is consumed, which is what happens when it is added to foods and drinks, your liver becomes overburdened and cannot process all the sugar. Instead it starts to make fats called triglycerides and sends them into the bloodstream. High triglyceride levels are a risk factor for heart disease.

In addition, high fructose intake interferes with normal appetite signaling systems. In other words, your appetite regulating hormones are not triggered and you are left feeling hungry or unsatisfied.

There is another problem over consumption. Excess fructose intake is also associated with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

It is said that your body processes all sugars the same. This is simply not true. Keep in mind that when a food has high fructose corn syrup added, that food is generally processed during which time most nutritional value is stripped. In the end you are consuming an empty food with perhaps a small amount of added, synthetic vitamins or minerals.

Your body will not process 23 grams of high fructose corn syrup (such as in one 12 ounce soda) in the same way it would a few grams of fructose from a beet that contains other nutrients and fibers. There is not enough sugar in whole, unprocessed fruits and veggies to consume the same amount as in processed foods.

And as already stated, too much fructose does cause your body to process it differently by turning it to fat instead of energy. The reality is that no one has ever gotten fat from eating too many vegetables.

In the end, try to avoid high fructose corn syrup by reading labels. Don't fall for the hype that all sugars are created equal for it is not the one ingredient but the surroundings of the ingredient that make a huge difference in the way your body processes a food. Good luck and good health.

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