the #1 worst carb ever is...
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Although high fructose corn syrup (called HFCS
and “corn sugar”) may sound healthy, it actually
is anything but. This dirt cheap,
chemically-altered sweetener shuts down leptin, a
fat-regulating hormone in your body that is
responsible for sending “hunger signals” from
your stomach to your brain.
Essentially leptin lets you know when you’re
full. And when your brain doesn’t get the
message, you keep eating and eating and eating
while the manufacturers of high fructose corn
syrup, and the products that contain it, keep
making more and more and more money.
Here’s an example from a recent study. Test
subjects were divided into two groups—one was
given a glucose (sugar) beverage to add to their
diet, while the other group was given a beverage
containing high fructose corn syrup to add to
their diets. While both test groups gained
weight, the group consuming high fructose corn
syrup packed on intra-abdominal fat (or belly
Why is that so startling?
It’s because this particular kind of fat causes
diabetes and heart disease. So, not only is high
fructose corn syrup causing you to eat more than
you should, it is literally putting your health
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture,
the average American consumes 42 pounds of HFCS a
year. That’s more than 75,000 empty calories that
have no nutritional value! What’s more, teenagers
are consuming 15 to 20 teaspoons of HFCS a day
when they need to be eating nutrient-dense foods
for growth and lifelong health.
It’s no wonder that The American Journal of
Clinical Nutrition says that HFCS use increased
by 4,000% between 1970 and 1990. The
manufacturers of HFCS really are cashing in big…
just like drug dealers… while America is adding
belly fat at a very dangerous rate.
Speaking of a drug, have you ever indulged in a
sweet dessert that just wouldn’t fill you up no
matter how much you ate? One of those treats that
you have no self-control over, like, oh, I don’t
know… maybe soft drinks, fruit juices, energy
drinks, ice cream, pudding, jellies, most
“fat-free” foods, chocolate, crackers, cereals,
syrups, candies, or desserts? If that’s the case,
you may want to check out the food label. Chances
are it contains a large amount of high fructose
And remember, on American food labels ingredients
are listed in order of the most abundant to the
least. So if, for example, you see HFCS listed
anywhere in the first five ingredients, that’s
very bad. Instead, you’ll want to choose a
version that doesn’t contain HFCS at all.
As an alternative to HFCS, I recommend the new
zero- or low-calorie sweeteners like truvia™,
Z-Sweet®, and Sun Crystals™ that are made with
natural sources, such as erythritol and stevia.
You can find these at most grocery stores. These
natural sweeteners can be used instead of sugar
packets in your hot beverages, on oatmeal, and
even in baked goods to some extent.
It’s important to remember that you should use
all sugar alternatives, even natural ones,
sparingly. Let your body learn that it doesn’t
need sweets all the time to be satisfied, and
you’ll be on the fast track to better
Now, while High Fructose Corn Syrup just may be
the #1 worst carb ever, does that mean you should
be avoiding ALL carbohydrates? Absolutely not!
Carbs aren’t the enemy, just like fat isn’t…these
nutrients are a healthy part of any wholesome
But, even when choosing healthy sources, carbs
are one of those tricky nutrients that we could
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