Are you overweight or having trouble losing weight? Did you know that food corporations are putting something in your food that can hurt your health, make you fat and give you diabetes? This ingredient is called corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup and it is making many people fat and sick!
Although it sounds simple and natural, corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup is made in a chemical factory. The process starts off with corn that is then changed chemically into something else called corn syrup also known as high fructose corn syrup. Sometimes there is mercury polluting the corn syrup from this process. Mercury is bad for your brain. Anyway, corn syrup does not exist in nature, so your body does not process it like real food or even white table sugar.
We know now that too much white table sugar is not good for you. But, it does 2 things that corn syrup does not do. It triggers the release of a hormone called leptin that makes you feel full (so you will stop eating). And it also suppresses the release of the hormone ghrelin that makes you hungry.
However, manufactured corn syrup doesn’t release leptin or suppress ghrelin. So, you don’t feel full and you want to keep eating. This is great for food companies wanting to sell you more food. However, they are fattening you up like livestock and you are paying for the fattening.
So how does the fattening happen?
- Your liver converts the corn syrup in what you ate into body fat more readily than it converts white table sugar into body fat.
- Corn syrup also causes insulin resistance which is the first step to diabetes. When you have insulin resistance your cells are not responding to the insulin trying to put blood sugar into them. Your body responds by putting out more insulin. Insulin tells your body to store any excess calories as fat.
- The extra blood sugar floating around also then aggravates your nerves causing nerve damage (this is the diabetic neuropathy you hear about which can occur even before you become fully diabetic) .When you are in pain with your nerves hurting, you don’t want to exercise much.
- The extra blood sugar also gums up your proteins from working correctly. This causes disc degeneration, sore muscles and weak tendons and weak ligaments besides. Hurting joints and back from bad discs and ligaments and tendons will limit your desire to be active and exercise. Limited activity due to pain is not much fun and contributes to weight gain.
So corn syrup is much worse for you than white sugar in several ways.
One of the worst aspects of corn syrup is that many people eat a lot of it without knowing it. Corn syrup is added to many foods that you might not expect:
- frozen dinners
- fish sticks
- bread crumbs
- spaghetti sauce
- baked goods
- and many, many more items that don’t even taste sweet.
Food processing companies put corn syrup in food because corn syrup acts as a preservative and a coloring agent. The federal government subsidizes corn growers, so corn syrup is very cheap to add to food. Bakers like to use corn syrup because it gives baked goods a pleasant color they don’t ordinarily have.
Corn syrup was first added to foods in the 1970’s. Between 1970 and 1990 the consumption of corn syrup increased by 1000%. Obesity, diabetes and heart disease have skyrocketed in that same time period.
If you are interested in improving your health, you have to start somewhere.
Why not start by eliminating something you can live without such as high fructose corn syrup? Simply stop buying foods with corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup in them. Bring your reading glasses and look at what you are buying. Read the list of ingredients and don’t buy stuff with corn syrup in it. You can find the same items without corn syrup but you will have to look closely. Until you know what to bury, it won’t be as easy as it was before you knew what to watch out for. But getting healthy and losing weight will be harder, if not impossible until you stop eating or drinking corn syrup.
So what is the simplest overnight way to start a weight loss program?
Try a no corn syrup diet. What have you got to lose? If you need help with learning how to eat a healthy diet, give us a call at 978-535-6155 and ask for a nutritional consult with Dr. Ellen.