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High Fructose Corn Syrup: Are You Eating This?

There has been much debate lately about High Fructose Corn Syrup. The scientists say that it may be unhealthy for you and make you fat. Where as a manufacturer for HFCS says that is not true. Well, here are the facts as we know them right now.

Archer Daniels Midland, a company that makes HFCS, which is the main ingredient used in sodas, ketchup, barbecue sauce, cereals, snack foods and other processed foods says that HFCS does not make you fat.

Health officials and many scientists have conducted studies that show that HFCS may lead to fat accumulation, obesity and other health problems.

What they have been finding is that HFCS readily turns to fat in the body more so than conventional sugar. It is also associated with higher triglycerides and LDL (bad cholesterol).

What I think is even more important to take note of is that HFCS appears to affect your appetite so that you eat more food. It is important to note that this finding isn't just for HFCS. It also applies to artificial sweeteners. Researchers have noticed this occurrence with diet sodas that contain artificial sweeteners.

When consuming HFCS and artificial sweeteners insulin levels do not seem to increase. This then means that leptin another hormone which is controlled by insulin does not get released either. Leptin tells your brain when you are full and to stop eating. Without this message you tend to keep eating until you have eaten too many calories.

So what this means is that HFCS may not directly make you fat because of the ingredients, but because you do not get the message that you are full you tend to overeat which results in weight gain and a higher risk for obesity.

Your take home message is to avoid all foods that contain High Fructose Corn Syrup. Get rid of any foods in your cabinets that contain High Fructose Corn Syrup. Then the next time you are shopping make sure to choose foods that do NOT contain High Fructose Corn Syrup.

High Fructose Corn Syrup doesn't make you fat by itself, but it most definitely assists with weight gain by increasing your calories consumed. Our chances of overeating are greaty increased since we tend to eat processed foods that contain High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Here is a tip to reduce the consumption of HFCS successfully. Replace at least one food item a week with a non-HFCS food. Better yet replace that food item with a fruit or vegetable. This one little change can have you losing weight before you know it and living a healthier life as well.

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About The Author: Jayson Hunter, RD, CSCS is the creator of the "Dramatic Dress Size Reduction Diet." As a registered dietitan Jayson knows the secrets to helping any woman drop inches fast, so they can look their best. Discover more by downloading his powerful special report "The Five Simple Steps for Losing Twenty Pounds Quickly and Safely" at

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