No one wants more belly fat, an uncontrollable appetite and cardiovascular disease!
High fructose corn syrup makes us gain weight, store belly fat and even lead to a food addiction in some cases!
Too much sugar isn’t great either, but getting off the HFCS roller coaster makes it easier to cut down on the purer forms of sugar.
How HFCS Affects Hunger
HFCS is such an intense form of sweetness that it actually desensitizes our brain and increases appetite. It’s like sugar on steroids. The hunger hormone leptin can no longer tell our body it’s had enough food so we can’t stop eating and gaining weight.
The Negative Health Effects of HFCS
HFCS is converted primarily into fat and triglycerides. People who consume HFCS have 200% higher levels of triglycerides than those who consume glucose and are likely to gain belly fat which puts them at risk of cardiovascular disease - not to mention insulin resistance.
Why HFCS is Addictive?
Our bodies aren’t designed for such intense sweetness so we get a dopamine boost when we consume it. Like all addictive substances (or behaviors) we need more and more, to get the high. Along with caffeine, it’s probably the reason so many people get addicted to soda.
“Just like alcohol, the more HFCS you consume, the more likely you are to develop an addiction—a craving for more food, an inability to stop eating, a preoccupation with the next meal, and withdrawal symptoms when you stop.” By James Greenblatt, MD
So there’s that!
How to Give up HFCS
Try going without HFCS and see if your mood drops, and if you find yourself turning to something else as a pick-me-up, like caffeine, fast food, or other types of sugar. If you need HFCS to help regulate emotions or energy, you may need to swap over to a more natural form of sugar first, and take it from there.
HFCS is replacing sugar in processed foods, even ones that aren’t traditionally sweet, because it’s cheaper, more concentrated, and works as a preservative. So read your ingredient labels. It is also called maize syrup, glucose syrup, glucose-fructose syrup, tapioca, syrup fruit fructose, crystalline fructose, isoglucose.
The High Fructose Corn Syrup roller coaster of uncontrollable hunger, fat gain and addictive behavior can easily be avoided by not buying food that contains HFCS and even swapping to ‘ordinary’ sugar.
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Clara Depont is a certified personal trainer at www.claradepont.com where she trains women in their 50s and 60s. When she’s not writing blogs on how to stay vibrant, fit and happy she’s traveling in search of a forest or a sexy coastline. You can get to know her best through Weekly Emails, Instagram or Facebook. She is British and lives in New Mexico.
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