Have you ever looked around and wondered why we have so many more cancer patients, children allergies, diabetics, obese children and adults etc...? I mean, I can't even bring in homemade cookies to my Sunday School class because so many kids have food allergies. That was never the case 20 years ago! I have come to realize that WE ARE WHAT WE EAT!
First, let's look at the average American diet. One-third of Americans get their daily caloric intake from junk foods. Over 7% of our calories are from soft drinks (Natural News) and up to 10% for children and teenagers (NY Times 2/15/10). Americans eat 19% MORE sugar than we did in 1970. Men are consuming 187 more calories each day and women 335 calories more than we did 25 years ago (Dr. Mercola). All of these statistics make you realize why 30% of Americans are OBESE and that's not even counting the percentage that are just OVERWEIGHT.
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). If you look on the back of every label in your home you will see HFCS in almost every packaged item. I even discovered it in my canned tomatoes!!!
FRUCTOSE & HFCS
The biggest problem with HFCS is the fact that it is 20% sweeter than regular table sugar. Sugar is addictive, but HFCS is even MORE addictive because it is a processed fructose. Fructose is a derivative of sucrose and is related to health problems because of its similarity to alcohol within the human digestive tract. The majority of fructose is converted into FAT instead of being digested. Fructose is also related to metabolic syndrome.
Table sugar is 50% sucrose and 50% fructose, while HFCS is 42% sucrose and 55% fructose!
Since fructose occurs naturally in fruits, vegetables, and honey it is healthy and fine to consume it in its natural state; however, even natural fructose needs to be LIMITED and consumed in MODERATION! The health benefits of fruits and vegetables outweighs the negative metabolic affect of the fructose; however, HFCS has NO health benefits, therefore, it has nothing to outweigh the metabolic affects on your digestive tract.
Fructose is also one of the main ingredients in AGAVE NECTAR. We have heard so many ads saying how healthy agave nectar is and how "natural" it is. Well, I hate to break the bad news, but agave nectar is NOT NATURAL, even if you buy the organic brands. To get agave nectar they PROCESS the sap from the agave plant which kills all of the healthy benefits of the agave plant. Not to mention, agave nectar is extremely high in fructose. Although this is the case, I do still consume agave nectar because it tastes so great in my teas, oatmeal, and recipes, but I do so in moderation!
LOSE FAT by LOSING HFCS
HFCS should be cut out of your diets completely if you ever want to lose weight and stop craving all of those granola bars, cereals, canned tomatoes, sauces, and MORE! Natural FRUCTOSE should be limited, so don't go thinking that an all fruit diet is healthy! The best fruits to eat are all berries, Granny Smith Apples, apricots, nectarines, cantaloupes and peaches.
So what is the best way to CUT FAT off your body and get that summer body you have always WANTED????? Limit natural fructose AND cut HFCS out of your diet COMPLETELY. Pair that with a 3 day a week or more workout routine and you will be BEACH READY in no time!