High-fructose corn syrup. Most of you have probably read it as an ingredient in many prepared and processed foods, which are now a staple in the U.S. diet (especially for children). Princeton researchers conducted a study on the effect of fructose on weight gain and have conclusive data that links it to obesity. The rats they fed with fructose levels below those found in your regular can of soda, gained considerably more weight than those on a high-fat diet. Yes, levels below those in a regular can of soda.
… Male rats in particular ballooned in size: Animals with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained 48 percent more weight than those eating a normal diet.
These rats aren’t just getting fat; they’re demonstrating characteristics of obesity, including substantial increases in abdominal fat and circulating triglycerides,” said Princeton graduate student Miriam Bocarsly. “In humans, these same characteristics are known risk factors for high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, cancer and diabetes.
This new research, and previous studies, have consistently shown that sucrose can be addictive. This is especially concerning when we think about how kids are consuming these high-fructose products on a daily basis.
I avoid prepared foods specifically for these reasons. I usually eat complex carbs, such as brown rice, sweet potatoes, and whole grain breads. Weaning yourself from a high fructose diet will take you a long way on your “weight loss and getting healthy” journey!