Friday, August 26, 2011

High F-cktose Corn Syrup

High Fucktose Corn Syrup. I want to thank Jillian Michaels for coining this phrase. I listened to a Jillian podcast, heard the term with this pronunciation for the first time and was immediately in love with it. If you have been a regular reader of Keeping the Pounds Off! you already know that I consider high fructose corn syrup to be the Satan of all sugars; strongly responsible for destroying the nutritional health in this country. Ever since high fucktose corn syrup became an approved ingredient in our food system the rates of diabetes in the United States have grown by leaps and bounds. Everyday more and more young children are diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Type 2 diabetes used to be known as ADULT ONSET diabetes. Now children below ten years of age are developing it. There are statistics that suggest in the next decade a full one HALF of the population of the United States will have diabetes or be starting to show the signs of pending diabetic conditions. 

In the United States it is in almost everything. Why does hfcs need to be in many brands of canned beans? Why does it need to be in some brands of tomato paste? Why does it need to be in some of our meats?, in fat-free half & half?, in soups, in salad dressings, in pasta? It is in most every dessert product and it is also in most packaged broths. It is in many snack foods - including many chips. It is in almost everything on the menu in fast food restaurants.

It should be noted that high fructose corn syrup is not approved in most of Europe and the US fast food giants and food manufacturers reformulate their food without hfcs in order to sell their products in Europe.

My great grandparents never had any kind of 'corn' sweetener. They lived very long lives and were never obese. They never developed diabetes. Only one of my grandparents was obese and she was also the only one with diabetes. My father, a heavy soda drinker and sugar fiend, died from complications of his Type 2 diabetes. My mom developed Type 2 diabetes at age 67. My brother was diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic by the time he was 35 years old. I am afraid for my children and my sisters children. I am very scared for the grandchildren I hope to someday have.

I find myself unable to just turn a blind eye to what is happening in our world. This isn't just happening to other people, it is happening everywhere. The damage is now becoming evident in the bodies of those of us who have been consuming these products only since our adolescent years because HFCS was not in rampant use when we were pre-school age or toddlers, or babies or in our mother's wombs. The bodies of our younger generation are reacting to the effects at even younger ages. Is it because their newly formed bodies were under siege from high fucktose corn syrup from the time of conception? What is going to happen to the generation that is born today or conceived tomorrow?

Whether it is called high fucktose, high fructose, corn sugar, corn sweetener, or corn syrup, do you want this stuff to hurt the future for the people you love?



Princess Dieter aka Mir said...

No, I do not. It's poison. I stay away.

So sorry your family has been afflicted with this. It is scary stuff.

Jane Cartelli said...

I wonder if, like cancer, some of us are simply genetically predisposed to the effects of corn sweeteners over others?


Vickie said...

Breakfast -
I need the protein to hold me because I do at least 2 hours back to back. So I do my oatmeal (grain) with my eggs (egg beaters actually) always. I need to have both in combination with each other. I have it programmed in my brain to always eat carbs with protein. To never eat carbs (even healthy ones like whole grains) by themselves because I am insulin resistant. I will eat protein without a carb. But never carb without a protein. This is a belly fat issue for me. It is also something I didn't fully understand at the higher end of the scale. It is one of those fine tuning issues for this end of the scale for me. I eat protein again after exercise (usually walnuts and yogurt).

The simplest way to avoid this issue, in my opinion, as I mentioned yesterday, is to simply eat whole foods. Foods where only one thing is listed on the list of ingredients.

My opinion of artificial sweetner is the same as my opinion of HFCS. And my opinion of HFCS is the same as yours. (A = B, B = C, therefore A = C).

I think it is very difficult to navigate the land of ingredient lists.

I think it is extremely hard to keep things in ratio (healthy fat, protein, carbs within total calories) when dealing with processed foods.

Extremely hard.

And since things are listed under many names, it is further compounded.

The way to avoid it all is to use very 'simple' foods, in my opinion.

Cenandra said...

As much disdain as I have for this ingredient I have to say its the the problem of today's health problems. The problem is parents not teaching their children how to eat healthy and for the big food companies that market their food on our TV's have no leash. They prey on us like vultures prey on their food.

Yeah its a nasty product, but if we control how much we eat every day it shouldn't harm us. At least that is my opinion.

Jane Cartelli said...

Thank you for the breakfast details. It is experience I may find helpful if the cereal before exercise does not work out. I do agree with the whole food ideology but I am about 90/10 on that. For the food that goes into my own mouth there are only a couple of non- whole foods. But I shop for others and this is where the label reading usually comes in - because I care about what I buy for them - but cannot control what they always have.

I am split down the middle are the artificial sweeteners: I think they are terrible, vile chemical abominations but I am not ready to give them up. That is my cross today. I am taking it one day at a time. :-)


Jane Cartelli said...

Yes, I agree and now we have a whole generation who never learned from their parents and now they do not know to teach their own children. It is a combination of personal responsibility and public awareness and education.

This year's Halloween costume: a vulture. When someone asks, we say we are a major food corp.
I will be Monsanto. :-(


Fatoutofskinny said...

HFCS is the bain of my life. Two years ago I discovered I had several food allergies most notably corn and soy...bummer...corn is more of a gastric irritant and soy is life threatening for me. So I really have to read labels and I do a lot of cooking. I really like agave and wish that manufacturers would use more of it and vie stated using German rock sugar in my coffee too.
I look forward to reading your blog and thanks for your comment.