Wednesday, March 24, 2010

bad news for high fructose corn syrup

It has the same calorie count as regular sugar and is perfectly safe right?

well things might not be so clear cut. according to a new study from Princeton University is saying that this supplement for surgar may actually be more danerous than regular sugar
in the studies, rats that consumed high fructose corn syrup all became obese, specifically, they all gained belly fat. even rats who consumed high-fat diet do not all become obese.
-since high fructose corn syrup was introduced in 1970, the obesity rate has risen from 15% to one third of the adult population in the U.S.

belly fat is considered the most dangerous type of fat - it is associated with higher risk of heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, and insulin resistance and thus type 2 diabetes.
-people with a higher bmi have a higher percentage of type 2 muscle fibres, which don't utilize fat as an energy source as well as type 1 muscle fibres.
-adipose (fat) cells, that are full, release a hormone called resistin which increases the resistance of cells to insulin.

although this study has only been done on rats, this is definitely something to consider next time you reach for something contain high fructose corn syrup.

1 comment:

Haley said...

Thank you so much for posting this, there having been all these propaganda commercials saying that there is nothing bad about high fructose corn syrup. The sad thing about these commercials is that the majority of the population will probably not do any research and just believe it.

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