Thursday, July 14, 2005

HFCS - High Fructose Corn Syrup

This has been something I've thought dangerous for years - a super processed, unnatural derivative from corn that is adding to our waistlines.

I try to avoid foods that contain it, but some slip it in, much to my dismay.
Surprising, I found it in items I never thought would contain it: Ghirardelli Chocolates, Thomas' English Muffins, Snapple beverages, to name a few.

A recent article in Organic Style brings the issue to the forefront: The Facts About High Fructose Corn Syrup. The reason it's a concern is because American's waistlines are growing like an elastic waistband. Is there a connection between the obesity epidemic and HFCS? I think so. The body doesn't process HFCS like it would sugar. Leptin is a hormone that tells us "stop eating, your full" and HFCS doesn't trigger that hormone - because its not sugar. Read the article, it's quite fascinating.