Snack ingredients –
A common ingredient in snacks is high fructose corn syrup. I’ve been discussing high fructose corn syrup in our Journey Group, and here are 8 reasons I don’t love HFCS and try to avoid it:
1️⃣Fatty liver disease – Cells have a glucose receptor. It does not have a fructose receptor. So fructose is metabolized in the liver. The liver can turn the fructose into glucose and store it. But, it has limited storage capacity for glucose. The other fructose is converted to fat. This fat accumulation can lead to fatty liver disease.
2️⃣Higher triglycerides – Research from Princeton University concluded that consuming HFCS leads to “abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides”.
3️⃣Leaky gut – HFCS has been shown to create holes in the intestinal lining allowing byproducts of toxic gut bacteria and partially digested food proteins to enter your bloodstream and trigger inflammation.
4️⃣Affects the brain – A UCLA study showed HFCS slows the brain, reduces memory and hampers learning.
5️⃣Metal toxicity – 55 popular brand name products that contain HFCS were tested and 1/3 or them showed mercury contamination in them. This is due to the processing of the actual HFCS.
6️⃣Insulin resistance – the exposure of the liver to such large quantities of fructose leads to rapid stimulation of lipogenesis (fat production in the liver) which in turn contributes to insulin resistance.
7️⃣Cancer growth – researches have shown HFCS promotes the growth of intestinal tumors.
8️⃣Weight gain – Animals with access to high fructose corn syrup gained 48 percent more weight than those eating a normal diet.
Common places you’ll find HFCS:
Ketchup, BBQ sauce, canned fruit, salad dressing, breads, yogurts, juices, and many processed foods.
The above info is for high fructose corn syrup, not fructose in fruit.
If you’re new to HFCS, it’s not too late to sign up for the Journey, an 8 week beginning course to reduce toxins