I know you have heard about high fructose corn syrup, but really how bad can it be? Princeton University just released a study about the effects of high fructose corn syrup on your belly fat.
If you are like many Americans, you want to decrease the amount of belly fat you have. So I am going to try to cover a few different subjects for you to explain why you may be increasing your belly fat instead of watching it shrink away.
Princeton recently did a couple of research studies on the effects of high fructose corn syrup on waistlines. Mind you, the experiment was done on rats, but that’s only because they don’t normally start by studying humans. I could see this potentially be done for humans, but I wouldn’t want to be one of the people in the research project. So what did they learn and how can this help me lose my belly fat?
First they wanted to see if they had two groups consume the same number of calories, one group consumed table sugar and the second group consumed high fructose corn syrup.
High Fructose Corn Syrup is a sweetener made by processing corn syrup to increase the level of fructose, usually to between 42% and 55% of the total sugar, with the balance being glucose. It is used extensively as a sweetener in processed foods and soft drinks, particularly soda and baked goods, but it is included also in many foods not normally thought of as sweet foods. Source
Despite the similarities between the calorie consumption, the group that consumed the high fructose corn syrup had “abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides.”
To give you a better picture of the changes, when they looked at the long term results, the study found that “animals with access to high fructose corn syrup gained 48% more weight than those eating a normal diet.” There were also “characteristic signs of a dangerous condition known as metabolic syndrome, including abnormal weight gain, significant increases in circulation triglycerides and augmented fat deposition, especially visceral fat around the belly.” Males seemed to be most affected by this.
So where do you typically find high fructose corn syrup? Many of us know that it’s commonly found in soft drinks. Soft drinks are definitely a big problem, but it’s not the only place we find high fructose corn syrup. Common places to find high fructose corn syrup include
- Fruit Juice
That doesn’t sound so bad though, so how much of this stuff do we consume any way? The average American consumes 60 pounds of this sweetner every year. Yes, 60 pounds per person.
Here’s one other interesting fact for you. In 1970, around 15% of the population was obese. That year was the year high fructose corn syrup was introduced into the American diet. Today that number has swelled to about 63%.
High fructose corn syrup is definitely a problem and the truth is that it’s in more foods that you realize.
Take a look at your pantry and throw away the foods that contain the high frunctose corn syrup. When you purchase foods at the grocery store, make sure you only pick the items that have omitted this from their ingredient list. It could make a BIG difference in your waistline.