High fructose corn syrup is the number 1 source of calories in the American diet.
Today I have a BIG ANGRY RANT to start this off, leave some comments after reading.
Is high fructose corn syrup worse than sugar? Corn production in America is terrible for the environment, uses genetically modified corn, and receives insane amounts of money from the federal government in the form of subsidies. These are all issues worthy of getting seriously pissed about.
Whether it has adverse health effects compared to sugar is unclear. There are some concerns regarding fructose; it may not be the healthiest sugar unless eaten directly from fruit. Regardless, this is not the main issue, at least for my post. Let’s assume, as this trustworthy corporation-sponsored source recommends, that sugar and high fructose corn syrup are both safe in moderation. I don’t want to make any organic cane sugar fans feel smug just yet.
Here’s the problem. Sugar and HFCS are in everything. There is no moderation. We all know they’re in soda, and you might know they’re in many of the supposedly healthy juices. They’re in ketchup and cereal, and countless other snack foods. They’re also in foods that you don’t really think of as sweet. One example is spaghetti sauce, but more worryingly they can even be seen in whole wheat bread. This is RIDICULOUS.
The whole American diet has grown sweeter, and that’s not healthy. We consume wild amounts of sugar that our bodies are unaccustomed to, and it comes from almost every part of our diet.
This is killing us. “Diabetes, lowered immunity, obesity, ADD/ADHD, fatigue, hypersensitivity, headaches and allergies are modern epidemics that have been directly or indirectly linked to sugar consumption.” Sugar can even cause premature aging.
Here’s some scary stuff; 90% of the world population currently has both fungus and parasite infections. Fungus and parasites both feed on sugar and thrive in bodies with nutritional deficiencies.
Why is sugar linked to obesity and weight gain? When your body consumes sugar or carbohydrates (carbs convert to sugar during digestion), your pancreas produces a hormone called insulin, which ensures that the sugar safely enters your body’s cells, giving you energy. But insulin also converts half of the sugar into fat. The more sugar, the more insulin; the more insulin the more fat. Therefore, sugars are a much more important cause of weight gain and weight loss than eating a low fat diet (though I would encourage you to only eat healthy fats). Look for more discussions on insulin in the future.
What should you do about this? If you want to find good sugars, the healthier sugars are generally darker, such as maple syrup. But get serious, stop drinking soda and juice; stop eating candy bars and ice cream every day. You are giving yourself type 2 diabetes, putting on weight, damaging your immune system, and messing with your well being.
Now for the bad news. It’s not just sugar that’s causing these problems. People are eating unsafe amounts of carbohydrates in general, and this of course causes the same problems talked about above. Remember carbohydrates are converted into glucose during digestion. Most of the pasta, bread, and bagels you eat are nutrient depleted garbage foods with no benefit to your health whatsoever. To me, white bread or a candy bar is the same thing. Let’s rethink meals like PB&J on white bread or spaghetti with tomato sauce from a jar. Go for the whole grains.
Sugar and carbs can be part of a balanced meal, but if there’s no balance, they will make you feel terrible and destroy your health. All you need to do? Limit your carbs and eat protein and fats with every meal. You’ll feel as great as you look.
I’m out, thanks for delaying your taco bell runs and marathon TV sessions just to listen to what I’ve got to say.