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Originally posted by WhiteMagicWoman
What's even scarier is that HFCS is also in foods that aren't highly advertised, for example, mayonnaise.
My local store brand and the next nearest competitor in low price both use HFCS. The two most expensive brands, Hellman's and Cain's all natural, do not use it.
Most of the inexpensive store brands on other items like ketchup, and canned or frozen vegetables use tons of additives and preservatives and other chemicals that the higher priced brands do not.
Unfortunately, most shoppers, especially those with large families on a budget, will choose the lowest cost items to save money. They don't even know how much of this stuff they are throwing into their children.
I always read the labels on everything and avoid HFCS as much as possible.
Originally posted by concerned190
To greatly simplify the situation: When too much fructose enters the liver, the liver can't process it all fast enough for the body to use as sugar. Instead, it starts making fats from the fructose and sending them off into the bloodstream as triglycerides.
High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) accounts for as much as 40% of caloric sweeteners used in the United States. Some studies have shown that short-term access to HFCS can cause increased body weight, but the findings are mixed. The current study examined both short- and long-term effects of HFCS on body weight, body fat, and circulating triglycerides. In Experiment 1, male Sprague-Dawley rats were maintained for short term (8weeks) on (1) 12h/day of 8% HFCS, (2) 12h/day 10% sucrose, (3) 24h/day HFCS, all with ad libitum rodent chow, or (4) ad libitum chow alone. Rats with 12-h access to HFCS gained significantly more body weight than animals given equal access to 10% sucrose, even though they consumed the same number of total calories, but fewer calories from HFCS than sucrose. In Experiment 2, the long-term effects of HFCS on body weight and obesogenic parameters, as well as gender differences, were explored. Over the course of 6 or 7months, both male and female rats with access to HFCS gained significantly more body weight than control groups. This increase in body weight with HFCS was accompanied by an increase in adipose fat, notably in the abdominal region, and elevated circulating triglyceride levels. Translated to humans, these results suggest that excessive consumption of HFCS may contribute to the incidence of obesity. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
HCFS also inhibits leptin secretion, so you never get the message that you’re full. And it never shuts off gherin, so, even though you have food in your stomach, you constantly get the message that you’re hungry.
Originally posted by bigbomb456
reply to post by IgnoreTheFacts
Your absolutely correct about personal discipline....however, by putting a tax on sugar, and giving huge subsidies to farms for corn production, economically we create the incentive to develop HFC and then put in in everything: thus the reason why its sooo cheap to eat food bad for you while healthy food stays relatively expensive. Sometimes its not always about discipline so much as saving money to buy cheaper, yet unhealthier food.
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), found in many processed foods, has replaced regular sugar in many products. It is six times sweeter than sugar. It does not act the same way as regular sugar in the body. HFCS does not stimulate insulin production, it is processed more like fat in the body. Some experts believe that it actually converts to fat faster and easier than regular sugar. It also could contribute to sugar cravings because if its super sweet flavor. Read more at Suite101: Understanding Sugar Addiction: The problems with sugar.
Originally posted by babybunnies
I was in Europe last year, and it was interesting to see that in general, their healthy fruit and veg was less expensive than their junk food - something that is the reverse here in USA AND Canada. Fruit and veg is subsidized in England, and the schools have to offer healthy alternatives now by law for lunches, and vending machines are banned in primary schools (equivalent to US elementary schools).
Originally posted by zamo1993
This is crazy! I didn't realize that such a high percentage of soy and corn crops were Genetically Modified... generally that wouldn't bother me, but if 80% of corn is GM'ed, then I don't have much of a choice regarding whether or not I'll eat GM'ed food. You know what I mean?
I think I'll start going to the farmer's market for my fruit and vegetable needs...
Thanks for the thread. It was eye-opening.
Researchers in the US found that much of the high fructose corn syrup that is increasingly replacing sugar in processed foods is tainted with mercury, a metal that is toxic to humans. They also tested many branded food products and found they too contained mercury.
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