There are a lot of synthetic substances that you can find as ingredients in the foods we eat that will prohibit us from reaching our weight loss goals. By learning about these ingredients and where they are found, we can make better decisions about the foods we eat and the results is faster weight loss and a healthier life.
High fructose corn syrup is a sweetener that is made from corn. It grew in popularity in the 1970’s and has seen a dramatic increase in use as an ingredient in a wide variety of foods. It is processed corn starch, which yields glucose, and then processed again forming fructose.
It is not a natural substance, but a synthetically manufactured product that is being consumed in record amounts. Manufacturers use it as a cost effective way to sweeten and preserve foods that natural sugar can’t.
Found in foods and beverages such as soda, which can have up to 13 teaspoons in a single can, you can also find it in foods such as yogurt, fruit juice and fruit juice frozen concentrates, and even breads like hot dog buns and muffins as it helps to preserve and keep the bread moist while on the shelf. Because it is inexpensive, super sized colas have been on the rise leading to an even higher consumption of sugar by Americans leading to a higher incidence of obesity and adult onset diabetes, and more profit for manufacturers.
So for those of you who are trying to lose weight, cut out sugar and burn fat away, make sure you read the labels on the foods you purchase. Knowing that high fructose corn syrup and sugar consumption is so abundant, it’s all the more reason to be wary of what is in the foods you eat and how much sugar you consume.