Fructose Corn Syrup – Is it healthy?
by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted
Why You Should Avoid products containing high fructose corn syrup or HFCS.
I clearly remember an episode of “Boston Legal” (one of my favorite shows…wish it didn’t come on so late at night) when Candice Bergen’s character was defending a case and talking about fructose corn syrup. She was saying that the makers of children’s cereals and other foods deliberately used it because it caused people to overeat.
I’ve learned enough about that show to know that they don’t just pick headlines out of the air so I checked on the idea. Now, whether food manufacturers are doing it deliberately is a matter for the courts to decide but it appears to be true that this ingredient does wreak havoc with the sense of fullness one naturally gets when eating.
It has to do with an ingredient called leptin, a hormone our body naturally releases when carbs trigger an insulin release in the body. When we eat products containing high fructose corn syrup, leptin is not released. HFCS can trick our bodies into thinking we are not full, even though we are, and we may keep eating and become overweight.
In the show, Shirley Schmitt the lawyer played by Candace Bergen, was trying to prove that her client’s obesity was not entirely his fault but the fault of fructose corn syrup in the products he couldn’t stop eating.
Ah, well, complex issue, obesity. Not to the settled in a quick ask post here but I advise not using any product that has fructose corn syrup or even high fructose corn syrup (sounds like syrup with a drug problem, doesn’t it?) at all, and particularly if pre-diabetic or struggling with being overweight, or if obesity is predominant in your family line.