Much of today’s processed foods contain a dangerous sweetener called high fructose corn syrup. This was developed in the 1970’s as a cheaper and easier substitute to sugar in foods. Unfortunately, fructose is a major cause of obesity today. Items you wouldn’t look twice at probably contain high fructose corn syrup, such as catsup, protein snack bars and even spaghetti sauce!
Not only does high fructose corn syrup cause weight gain, but it causes other serious health problems as well. It causes the liver to form dangerous amounts of triglycerides, increasing your risk for heart disease. It also causes high blood pressure and diabetes. This sweetener can also cause behavior problems in children and adults alike.
So the next time you reach for anything that was processed in a factory, flip it around and look for the ingredient, “High Fructose Corn Syrup.” If it is there, seriously consider avoiding that product. This will begin your path to a healthier, trimmer you!