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Give Up Foods That Have High-Fructose Corn Syrup

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Are you trying to cut calories, burn fat and lose weight? One quick way to cut calories and shrink your belly fat is to give up foods that have high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as an ingredient. High-fructose corn syrup is found in more products than you might imagine.

If HFCS is one of the first items listed on the food label, don't eat that food!

Whoever came up with HFCS in the 1980s pretty much made a "deal with the devil." It is cheaper for food manufacturers than regular sugar (sucrose) so that's why you see it so much on food labels. Sugary drinks, baked goods, frozen foods and even foods like ketchup are laced with this stuff. Nutritionists point to HFCS consumption as a major player in the nation's obesity crisis. The fact that we eat HFCS is the real problem!

Why is HFCS so deadly? Here it is: the body processes the fructose in HFCS differently than it does regular sugar. It also lowers the hormone leptin in your body. Leptin signals to your brain that you're full. It also forces the liver to kick more fat out into the bloodstream (especially true with sugary drinks because they are processed so fast)! So, your body wants more and stores more fat at the same time.

Burning belly fat should be a priority for you. As we age, fat tends to settle in the abdominal area. Because of disease risks like cancer, belly fat is one of the worst areas to have body fat.

A 12-ounce can of soda has as much as 13 teaspoons of sugar in the form of HFCS! That’s poison to your system! Dr. David Ludwig, a Harvard endocrinologist, who is widely cited by obesity researchers, says that sweetened drinks are the only specific food that clinical research has directly linked to weight gain. "Highly concentrated starches and sugars promote overeating, and the granddaddy of them all is sugar-sweetened beverages," said Ludwig, who runs the Optimal Weight for Life Program at Children's Hospital in Boston.

Some people drink as many as 6 sugary sodas or drinks a day! Imagine the calories that could be cut and the relief your kidneys will feel when you cut out the sugary drinks!

The increase in soda consumption mirrors this nation's obesity epidemic.

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EmpowHER Guest

In this hour You Tube lecture Robert Lustig explains the biochemistry that explains why fructose is dangerous.
Sugar: The Bitter Truth

You may also want to read the very latest science on the subject.
Soft drink consumption and obesity: it is all about fructose.

this concludes
"The present review concludes on the basis of the data assembled here that in the amounts currently consumed, fructose is hazardous to the cardiometabolic health of many children, adolescents and adults."

For those keen on understanding the science in more detail Potential role of sugar (fructose) in the epidemic of hypertension, obesity and the metabolic syndrome, diabetes, kidney disease, and cardiovascular disease Johnson RJ is the author of the book The Sugar Fix.

December 9, 2009 - 4:07pm

Good points by Anon and Pat! I have found that clients have a better chance of burning belly fat when they limit eating products with high fructose corn syrup and sugars.

December 3, 2009 - 5:24pm
HERWriter Guide

Mark and Anon - You've made some interesting comments. I'm sure both of you spend a lot of time and energy in understanding food and nutrition, as well as counseling others. Unfortunately most people only hear messages from those wanting to sell their food products, and those messages have little, if any, information about nutrition or health. There's a lot of work that needs to be done to help the average person better understand the components of all foods, what constitutes a healthy diet, the steps they can take for their own good health and more. I saw a news story recently on children being taken on field trips to a farm because they had no idea where food came from, and thought it came in packages! The answer to the problem is providing more information for both children and adults so they can help themselves.
Take good care,

December 3, 2009 - 5:14pm
EmpowHER Guest

As a registered dietitian and consultant to the food and beverage industry, I continue to be puzzled about the amount of alarmist misinformation on the Internet about high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
Successful weight management IS NOT about eliminating certain foods or beverages, since calories come from many sources. A 12oz can of soda has about the same amount of calories and carbohydrates as 12oz of apple juice. HFCS has been studied extensively and is a safe source of sugar. In fact, . HFCS is a combination of fructose and glucose, two very normal and identifiable substances to the body. Any negative side affects are actually linked to excessively high intakes of pure fructose in amounts not found in foods or beverages sweetened with HFCS.
As consumers, we have to take responsibility for the amount and variety of calories we take in. We must start including more fresh food in our diets and stop relying so much on packaged food items. Successful weight management IS, instead, about balancing the amount of calories we take in vs. the amount we burn. With moderation and exercise, any food or beverage can be part of a sensible diet.

December 3, 2009 - 1:53pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

So Anonymous on December 3, 2009 - 1:53pm clearly hasn't read or understood
Not So Sweet: Missing Mercury and High Fructose Corn Syrup
The only researchers who say HFCS is safe are those paid by the Corn Industry.
While Anonymous on December 3, 2009 does own up to working for the HFCS industry it is naive to say calories in = calories out.
The human body is not a machine.
Naturally it adjusts it's energy intake and expenditure according to its needs.
By providing cheap highly refined, quickly consumed, high energy drinks and snack foods the food/beverage industry is doing more damage to the nation than any terrorist organisation.
We have a global crisis relating to Vitamin D deficiency induced by HFCS.
The rise in Diabetes incidence is directly linked to HFCS by the way HFCS raised uric acid levels.
Soft drink consumption and obesity: it is all about fructose

January 6, 2010 - 11:29am
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon - Thanks for your post, and providing the links. You seem to be very passionate about this topic. I'm wondering if there was a specific incident or situation in your life that created your interest and resulted in learning so much about HFCS.
Just curious, Pat

January 6, 2010 - 5:10pm
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