Is High Fructose Corn Syrup a leading cause of obesity? Obesity rates seem to be growing at an alarming rate. People are finding it increasingly difficult to manage their weight.
One reason for rapid weight gain is that much of our thinking about how we gain weight is wrong. We have been told that every calorie we consume is just like every other calories. And we have bought in to the simple formula that:
Calories stored = Calories consumed – Calories used
This is a great formula and seems intuitive. It supports the gym and exercise industry. It supports the diet industry. It supports the manufactures of fat loss supplements.
But, there is a fundamental flaw in the formula. The formula assumes that every calorie we take in is just like every other calorie. What it assumes is this: every calorie is metabolized just like every other calorie.
This assumption is wrong. And, here is why.
There are some popular forms of sugars: sucrose and fructose. These come from common table sugar, fruits and vegetables. There is also a form of sugar called lactose found in dairy products.
Sucrose (and lactose) are based on a six-sided carbon-hydrogen-oxygen ring that is essential and used by every cell in the body.
Fructose is based on a five-sided carbon-hydrogen-oxygen ring which is not used for energy in the body and can only be handled by the liver where it is converted to triglycerides which are stored as fat.
Does Processed Sugar (Fructose Corn Syrup) Cause Weight Gain
Dr. Robert Lustig of UCSF Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, one of the foremost authorities on obesity in the world, gives the scientific explanation of why processed sugar (Fructose Corn Syrup) is so damaging to your health.
Common table sugar is a combination of sucrose and fructose. These two molecules are bonded together to form the familiar sugar.
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is made from corn starch in a way that increases the ratio of fructose to sucrose. HFCS 55 (55% fructose) is used in most soft drinks. Coco Cola uses HFCS 65 (65% fructose) in its “Freestyle” soft drink machines.
High fructose corn syrup is relatively inexpensive and tastes sweeter than regular sugar. It is, therefore, favored by most food manufacturers. It is found in most manufactured “foods” such as cooking and baking ingredients, beverages, breads, breakfast cereals, breakfast pastries, candy bars, cookies and cakes, cough syrups, crackers, yogurts, ice creams, jams and jellies, salad dressings, sauces, snacks and soups.
If you want to lose weight or simply avoid gaining more weight, you should avoid consuming high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as much as possible. While it may seem difficult, read ingredient labels and pick your foods wisely. It’s one major step to help you manage your weight.