Thursday, July 10, 2008
High Fructose Corn Syrup-Stop it Now!
One of the reasons we are getting fatter and diabetes is becoming epidemic is our intake of concentrated fructose (High Fructose Corn Syrup). A new study shows intake of fructose has increased in the typical US diets to more than 10% of energy intake with negative effects on the health of children and adults.
We are supposed to get our fructose (sugar) in the natural form from fruits and vegetables. But less than 20% is consumed this way. Fruits and vegies contain fiber and help us maintain healthy body weight. Fructose added to soft drinks and processed foods is highly concentrated and contains no other nutrients.
High fructose intake causes increased plasma triglyceride levels, insulin resistance and obesity. OUR BODIES AREN'T SUPPOSED TO BE EATING IT.
Start looking at the labels of foods and you will see huge amounts of high fructose corn syrup which is about 50% concentrated fructose. Not only does it add empty calories but it is added to foods that already have high calorie counts. Adolescents age 12-18 had the highest intake and sugar-sweetened beverages accounted for the largest source of fructose.
These researchers say if all sources of fructose were eliminated other than whole fruit and vegetables, children and adults would eliminate 82% and 75% of fructose from their diets, respectively.
My advise is to swear off soft drinks and other sweetened beverages. Load up on summer fruits and vegies. If you are thirsty drink cold water or iced coffee or tea.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 3:36 PM