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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Weight Gain & High Fructose Corn Syrup

Today I wanted to post a link to an interested article about High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). High Fructose Corn Syrup can be found in thousands of prepackaged foods & beverages at the grocery store - because it is super cheap to make & process which means HUGE profits for food companies. I am not a fan of this sweetener and it looks like Princeton isn't either! Check out the details below. If you are looking to lose weight or wondering why you are having such a HARD time releasing weight - this could be the culprit.

Here is a taste:

The second experiment -- the first long-term study of the effects of high-fructose corn syrup consumption on obesity in lab animals -- monitored weight gain, body fat and triglyceride levels in rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup over a period of six months. Compared to animals eating only rat chow, rats on a diet rich in high-fructose corn syrup showed characteristic signs of a dangerous condition known in humans as the metabolic syndrome, including abnormal weight gain, significant increases in circulating triglycerides and augmented fat deposition, especially visceral fat around the belly. Male rats in particular ballooned in size: Animals with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained 48 percent more weight than those eating a normal diet. In humans, this would be equivalent to a 200-pound man gaining 96 pounds."

Check out the full article HERE.

Note - if you are confused about what to eat with respect to great alternative sweeteners options. Then sign up for my next Sweet Nothings class by checking out my list of upcoming classes on my website www.MaryLangfield.com (events page).

FYI here is another article on an alternative sweetener that you might want to read. I know that many of my clients like this particular sweetener, but for the last year I have been hearing pretty negative stuff about it so I have avoided it and used other options instead.


MulberryMary said...

Another article that might interest you on HFCS and Agave Nectar.

Jilliebeanie said...

I absolutely believe this. A friend of mine used to drink several Mountain Dews a day and gained a lot of weight when he hit his late 20's. Simply eliminating this drink from his diet he lost ALOT of weight in a very short period of time. It's bad stuff. Though I can't resist the occasional Coke...preferably with real sugar, but they can be hard to find.

MulberryMary said...

Jill - I agree! Soda is very addicting - seems weird, but that is the truth. They are loaded with sweetness and sweets can be really hard to resist for a multitude of reasons. That is just how sugar works. I try avoiding it as much as possible, but when I can get my hands on some quality chocolate or other fabulous freshly baked treat then I relish it instead!

I was thinking of you as I donated 4 big bags of clothes!