Thursday, April 15, 2010

High Fructose Corn Syrup, Less than Ideal

Researchers at Princeton University have found that High Fructose Corn Syrup is much worse than regular sugar when it comes to causing weight gain. Lab rats with access to HFCS gained significantly more weight than rats with access to table sugar, even when their caloric intake was the same. A second study by the researchers found that HFCS lead to long-term increases in body fat, obesity, and a rise in body fats called triglycerides.

This new study contradicts earlier beliefs that high fructose corn syrup and table sugar were similar in that they both contained high levels of fructose. Instead, say the Princeton researchers, fructose is metabolized to produce fat,while glucose is processed as energy or stored as a carbohydrate in the muscles and liver.

HFCS is used as a sugar substitute in many processed foods. Once again, read that nutritional label!!

Sources: Yahoo News and The Daily Green

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