High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is added to numerous foods and drinks. HFCS is created by changing glucose which is a sugar molecule into fructose. Companies started to use HFCS in their foods in order to increase the shelf life of their product. Good theory, but the consumers are beginning to see ill effects of their product.
1. Weight gain:
HFCS is hard for the body to breakdown and metabolize. In a sense, HFCS tricks our body because the slowdown prevents our body from communicating to our brain that we are full. Guess what…we eat more and gain weight.
According to the Diabetes Health website, consuming HFC may lead to what is called “insulin resistance”. What this means is normal amounts of insulin are inadequate in our bodies fat, muscle and liver cells. This leads to diabetes. After becoming a diabetic, it can cause other problems with the heart, circulation, loss of limbs, loss of sight and a premature death. Is has also been suggested that the increase in Juvenile diabetes has increased because of the high levels of ingestion of HFCS.
It is better to intake natural sugar than ingest HFCS. Companies like Coke and Pepsi are starting to offer sugar soft drinks at the demand of the consumer.
When buying any food or drink, check to see if it has high fructose corn syrup and see if there is an alternative.
Dr. Amie B. Gregory, San Carlos Chiropractor
Precise Moves Chiropractic