So through my health explorations to find a remedy to my current health issues I've come across many interesting things, but none have ever made me so angry and go 'ah ha'. My mother has restricted herself significantly from the sugar and as a result has lost quite a bit of weight by just avoiding one kind of sugar.
Okay so first things first. This site, SweetSurprise has nothing but good things to say about High Fructose Corn Syrup(HFCS). But if we look more closely at the website, we notice this little logo in the bottom right corner. Barely legible I might add.
The site is run by the people who produce HFCS, The Corn Refiner's Association. So it's like a giant commercial. Awesome. If you keep looking for information about HFCS, you'll find some interesting stuff.
Study Finds HFCS Contains Mercury
A sweet problem: Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain
ABC New reports on a UCLA study saying HFCS hurts memory, learning ability
MSN Reports on HFCS Dangers
For those who don't want to read all those links, I quoted some of the most shocking and important stuff here...
The syrup interferes with the body's metabolism so that a person can't stop eating. It's truly hard to control cravings because high fructose corn syrup slows down the secretion of leptin in the body. Leptin is a crucial hormone in the body that tells you that you're full and to stop eating. [...] It's like an addictive drug.The Corn Refiners Association wouldn't spend $30 million on advertisements if they didn't feel threatened.If you want to cut down drastically the amount of processed food you eat, don't buy anything that has high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in it. Unfortunately, you'll have to have a strong liking for the taste of lettuce and notebook paper, because HFCS is in nearly everything: jelly, juice, sodas, whole-grain breads, cereals, ketchup, crackers, yogurt, sweet pickles, applesauce, salad dressing, ice cream, cough syrup and lots more.First off, that additional 10 percent of fructose content does make a difference in caloric intake, especially since HFCS is found in so many products. Imagine a world in which all sugar has been replaced by HFCS (not a far stretch): You could eat the exact same foods, but you would be consuming 10 percent more sugar.fructose is only metabolized by your liver. When the liver receives more fructose than it can handle, the excess sugars are turned into fats in the form of triglycerides, which are harmful to your arteries and your heart.To top everything off, there's a series of videos that makes everything really understand on youtube.The biggest problem is that HFCS is being added to food items that don't normally have sugar and that you wouldn't even describe as sweet -- crackers, for instance. So, not only are we chugging down lots of sugars with our sodas, but your PBJ sandwich could have HFCS in each of its three ingredients.
This is episode one, and there are at least 3 additional videos that explain the diseases caused by HFCS and some evidence and studies that link the issues.
Now the following is my own story, symptoms and such. If you're not interested I won't take offense, but I thought I would go ahead and add my own background here...
When I was very young I was normal. As I got older I started looking chubbier. I was strong and active, but I was still very chubby and the older I got the more weight I gained. Despite playing Soccer, Kickball, and being on the Swim team by the time I was in 9th grade I'd reached 200 pounds at 5'2". In 9th grade I lettered in Field Hockey, then made it onto the Varsity Men's Wrestling Team(I am female for those of you who don't know XD). Despite all of this and being on a special diet to lose weight for the Wrestling Team I gained 15 pounds in 6 months. It was at this point I realized there was something very wrong. Due to a hip dislocation I could no longer run and because of that I also couldn't wrestle or participate in sports anymore. When I turned 16, I hit 270lbs and was diagnosed with PCOS, a condition my mother was also diagnosed with after the loss of her first pregnancy. I was put on 2 medications for life and was told to not get my hopes up about pregnancy. I also decided to try some extreme diets to lose the weight. I ate no more than 500 calories a day for over two weeks and didn't lose a single pound. Instead I got very, very sick. I was passing out frequently, sleeping for 16 hours a day, I was weak and defeated because I was still the same weight. Frustrated I gave up and ate normally again: which in comparison to my sister and friends was pretty healthy. I counted calories consistently and was almost always under 2000. I was still gaining weight. My mother was the one who originally discovered the studies about HFCS and after a couple weeks of doing nothing but avoiding anything with HFCS lost over 10 pounds. She didn't increase her excercise, and she still eats sweets, just sweets with normal sugar. I am now starting to avoid HFCS as well. First easy elimination is Soda, but I'm avoiding just about everything I can and I am hopeful that this may help if not solve my problems with weight gain and the health issues that come with it. I will try to remember to blog about any progress. Thank you for reading, and I will try to keep everyone posted.
Discuss. Opinions? Ideas? Comments?
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