6 months ago, my sister Ashley, and her husband (then fiance) Derek, had the wonderful experience of going shopping with me. I was visiting them up in South Carolina and I wanted to make them a few nice meals. So, away we went to the local Walmart store! Now, for most people, the trip would have taken mmmmmm well, say 15 – 20 minutes. Our interesting experience was a bit longer then that. Why? No, surprisingly, it wasn’t because we were shopping in a Walmart, but rather, because I was having so much fun reading labels! I believe Ashley learned a few things, and well, Derek, I’m not so sure, but we did have a good time messing around and teasing him!
So, why do I spend so much time reading labels in grocery stores? It’s not that I have so much extra time within my day, but because there are so many hidden and unhealthy ingredients in most foods. (I’ve actually cut down my shopping time as I’ve learned which isles and foods to STAY AWAY from!) During that particular trip, we learned that every syrup in the store had High Fructose Corn Syrup in it. This is a BIG NO-NO in my book, so we opted for a healthier alternative in Maple syrup.
Here are the actual ingredients found in most syrups:
Contains: A Mixture of High Fructose Corn Syrup and Granulated Sugar, Filtered
Water, Citric Acid, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Sodium Benzoate As A
Preservative and May Contain: Caramel Color, FD&C Red#40, Yellow#5,
Yellow#6, Blue#1, Salt, And Potassium Sorbate.
Whenever you read a label, the first ingredient is the largest ingredient in the food. Here you can see that High Fructose Corn Syrup is the first ingredient ….along with Granulated Sugar. Did you know that High Fructose Corn Syrup is the NUMBER 1 source of calories in America? (from soda) Read more about it here: http://bit.ly/34PTh
Research done by Dr. Mercola and other researchers have found:
Why High Fructose Corn Syrup IS Worse For You than Sugar
“If you need to lose weight, or if you want to avoid diabetes and heart disease, fructose is one type of sugar you’ll want to avoid, particularly in the form of high-fructose corn syrup.
Part of what makes HFCS such a dangerous sweetener is that it is metabolized to fat in your body far more rapidly than any other sugar.
According to Dr. Elizabeth Parks, associate professor of clinical nutrition at UT Southwestern Medical Center and lead author of a study on fructose, published in the Journal of Nutrition just last year:
“Our study shows for the first time the surprising speed with which humans make body fat from fructose. Once you start the process of fat synthesis from fructose, it’s hard to slow it down. The bottom line of this study is that fructose very quickly gets made into fat in your body.”
This occurs because most fats are formed in your liver, and when sugar enters your liver, it decides whether to store it, burn it or turn it into fat. Fructose, however, bypasses this process and simply turns into fat.
Additionally, there’s hard empirical evidence showing that refined man-made fructose like HFCS metabolizes to triglycerides and adipose tissue, not blood glucose. And one of the most thorough scientific analyses published to date on this topic found that fructose consumption leads to decreased signaling to your central nervous system from the hormones leptin and insulin.
Because insulin and leptin act as key signals in regulating how much food you eat, as well as your body weight, this suggests that dietary fructose may contribute to increased food intake and weight gain.
Decreased insulin and leptin signaling is also a main cause of diabetes and a host of other obesity-related conditions.”
To read this article in full, please visit http://bit.ly/rpYLA
The use of High Fructose Corn syrup is very popular amongst food companies, as it is the cheapest form of sweetner that food companies can buy. Take some time to pick up your food items and look for this ingredient. You’ll be AMAZED at how many foods include High Fructose Corn syrup. By cutting this ingredient out of the food you and your family eats, you will be cutting out unnecessary, empty calories. Now, who doesn’t want that!
I know that Ashley found this tip helpful and hopefully it will be the same for you as you strive for a healthier you! Be well!