By now, almost everyone knows that this ingredient is highly common in sugary drinks, but is also in just about all processed foods and beverages in your grocery store. And most people know its not a good thing if your trying to lose weight. But what exactly is this stuff and what does it do to your system that makes it so bad for those trying to lose some extra pounds?
So first, what exactly is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)? It is a group of corn syrups that has undergone “enzymatic processing” (corn kernels are combined with enzymes: alpha-amylase, glucoamylase, and xylose isomerase) to convert some of its glucose into fructose to produce a highly sweet and thick syrup.
Why is it bad if you’re on a diet?
- Health Concerns – Too much HFCS or added sugar for that matter, can cause weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and high triglyceride levels. All of these boost your risk of heart disease. Restricting your daily HFCS or Sugar intake in your meal plan and following an exercise routine is one of the best things you can do to get healthy. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 100 calories from sugar per day (for women), which equals 10 teaspoons of sugar. Just one 12oz can of Coke Classic contains 10 teaspoons of sugar.
- Empty Calories – There is zero nutritional value in the calories added by HFCS or added sugars. Since HFCS is a concentrate, you get a lot more sugar intake in foods and beverages where it’s used. If on the other hand, you’re eating fruit, there are naturally occurring sugars, which are less dense or concentrated, and there is nutritional value in the food.
One of the best practices you can get into is reading the ingredient labels on your food and learn about what is being put into your food, BEFORE you take a bite. Finding a complete and healthy lifestyle is not easy, or you wouldn’t see anyone with weight problems. If you’re finding it hard to lose weight and get healthy, contact a Curves near you in Puget Sound to see how we can help.