Saturday, March 26, 2011

Let the BUYER BEWARE

We were grocery shopping today in a large chain store and came across this label touting NO HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, then we looked at the ingredients.  The very first ingredient is CORN SYRUP.  Here is a study done at Princeton on the HFCS but in my opinion we shouldn't be ingesting the corn syrup either.  It is a highly processed sugar and the pancreas cannot handle all the simple sugars that are being put into our foods.  In this case something that is really not healthy for you is being marketed to the consumer as a perceived healthy product.  I say TSK TSK!! Shame on them.
 Princeton researchers had been studying not only side effects of high fructose corn syrup, but how your body reacts when it's ingested. They discovered that rats which had access to high fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to basic table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same.
They did two studies and here are a few excerpts from their findings:
The first experiment — male rats given water sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup in addition to a standard diet of rat chow gained much more weight than male rats that received water sweetened with table sugar, or sucrose, in conjunction with the standard diet. The concentration of sugar in the sucrose solution was the same as is found in some commercial soft drinks, while the high-fructose corn syrup solution was half as concentrated as most sodas.
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.


1 comment:

  1. Whoa! Been in a few cafes lately where people specifically mention sugar free pancake syrup with their breakfast orders. Interesting that this blog entry should come across my 'screen' in such a relatively short time! Thank you for making time to compile and share this info. Your small town enjoyment of life is so very evident. We are of like 'ilk' loving a big city visit on occasion.

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