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Chemically Engineered Sugar

The next time you drink a soft drink, Minute Maid Lemonade, buy a boxed pizza….check out the ingredients. The ingredient that you are going to find in 95% [and that’s being generously low] of these products is High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Lets do a little history lesson on where this mystery ingredient came from.

High Fructose Corn Syrup started being used in the 1970s.  It is a biochemically engineered version of corn starch. Essentially what was done, was that the sugar molecule was isolated from the corn.  This is an easy and cheap way to produce large amount of sweetener which is then put into sodas, candy, etc.

Seems pretty great right? Well, for the wallet..sure. But for your thighs, tush and belly [and much more]? Not so much.

According to the documentary, Hungry for Change, “High Fructose Corn Syrup is like jet fuel for the body. If you put jet fuel in a car, you’re gonna burn it out.”

So what do you do in a world filled with HFS? Simple.

Most plant foods like veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds, beans, rice etc have sugar in them. [OH NO! SUGAR!] But here’s the thing, they also have, healthy fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals that aid in digestion and absorption. The body relies on chemical balance. If there’s no balance, there’s gross side-effects. This can be things like weight gain, acne, dry skin, brittle nails and hair, dark circles under the eyes. Not to mention one of the leading causes of Diabetes is high sugar intake. 

So when you eat, for instance, High Fructose Corn Syrup….it goes to your blood stream, your body produces insulin [which converts the unused sugar into FAT for energy storage]. For one, diabetes usually happens as a result of the pancreas to the point where the body no longer produces enough.

These things CAN be fixed, but it starts from the inside.

If you ever feel like you want to lose weight, don’t deprive your body of any one thing. Your body needs sugars, fats, proteins etc. You just need the RIGHT ones in the right doses.

xoxo

SparkPeople

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