Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Lower HFCS in your diet!!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that each American averages 142 lbs of sugar per year, and 59 lbs of this comes from High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). HFCS is found in ketchup, fruit yogurt, salad dressings, bread and many many processed foods. This sugar DID NOT exist in 1970 but it's convenient now because it is cheaper and sweeter than sugar. It blends easily into foods, prevents feezer burn, and extends shelf life.

Why HFCS not healthy: The body handles this sugar differently than regular sugar, preferring to funnel it into fat stores and tricking our brains into thinking we need more food. HFCS is on the hot seat for raising colorectal cancer risk.
To avoid HFCS: Buy 100% fruit juice without HFCS, choose fresh fruit over fruit juice, and eliminate soft drinks. It isn't realistic to completly eliminate HFCS but you definitly can lower your intake.

Have a healthy, happy week.

- Based off of Metabolic Maintenance's Nutrition Alert Article by: Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D.

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