The Connection between High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Weight Gain, and . . .

According to research, rats fed high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those fed regular cane sugar, even though both groups ate a similar number of calories.

They not only gained more weight, but they had substantial increases in abdominal fat and triglycerides. Both of these conditions are known risk factors in humans for high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

Other research found that the more high-fructose corn syrup that is consumed, the desire for it becomes stronger, much like drug addiction.

In less than 15 years, type 2 diabetes among children has risen from 5% to 20%. A study conducted by both the University of Southern California and Britain’s University of Oxford in 2012 of 42 countries found a 20% higher rate of diabetes in countries whose food supplies contained high-fructose corn syrup than countries where it wasn’t used.

Studies have shown a correlation between a high consumption of high-fructose corn syrup and a higher incidence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, pancreatic cancer, cardiovascular issues, learning and memory problems, and childhood asthma.

A study on pregnant mice done in 2016 showed the effect that a mother’s pre-natal diet can have on the health of her children later in life. The consumption of high-fructose corn syrup during pregnancy may put a child at risk for obesity and other health complications later in life.

High-fructose corn syrup can increase uric acid in the body, which may lead to gout, kidney stones, and crystals in the joints (especially fingers and toes), all of which cause terrible pain.

High-fructose corn syrup has saturated our processed food market and is another form of a genetically-modified food (GMO), compounding its unhealthy effects. It’s in beverages, mayonnaise, ketchup, bread, cookies, frozen foods, cereals, crackers, chips, you name it.

What can you do?

Your best defense is to read ingredients on labels, and reduce (preferably, eliminate) your intake of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

When buying sweetened bottled beverages, look for those with organic sugar instead of HFCS.

Beware of products labeled “fructose,” which may be another type of HFCS.

Organic corn syrup is better than high-fructose corn syrup.

When eating out, skip the sodas and lemonade, unless the menu states that they do not use high-fructose corn syrup. Water is always the best option.

When eating out, avoid bread and condiments. This is especially important if you eat out regularly, have chronic health problems, and/or are trying to lose weight.

Making this one change might go a long way in improving your health!

If you have a sweet tooth, try my Healthy Sweet Treats Recipes, to get 10 recipes sweetened with only honey, maple syrup, or fruit.

Download your free Healthy Sweet Treats Recipes PDF.

Keep learning to be healthy!

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach

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This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.

God’s Pharmacy–Honey

“Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.” (Proverbs 24:13)

“…a land flowing with milk and honey, the most beautiful of all lands.” (Ezekiel 20:15)

“If you find honey, eat just enough–too much of it, and you will vomit.” (Proverbs 25:16)

According to the Bible, honey is good to eat, it increases land value, and too much will make you sick.

Besides adding sweetness to foods and beverages, honey belongs in God’s pharmacy because of its many health benefits.

Honey kills bacteria and has been used to disinfect wounds and help in cases of diarrhea.

Archaeologists unearthed an ancient Egyptian scroll that listed honey as a primary ingredient in more than 500 treatments.

British scientists tested honey in the 1970s as an aid in healing surgical wounds. The wounds not only healed faster than those treated with antibiotics, but there were also fewer secondary infections.

A study in South Africa involved two groups of children with an intestinal infection that caused diarrhea. One group of children received fluids mixed with honey, and the other group was given fluids mixed with sugar. The children who got the honey recovered 40% faster than those who got the sugar. How often have we given our children sugar-laden beverages when they had stomach problems?

One long-time remedy is honey mixed with lemon juice or vinegar and used as a cough aid and gargle for sore throats. Honey coats the throat in a soothing way, and its sweetness stimulates the brain to produce endorphins, which are natural mood enhancers and pain killers.

Research indicates that honey has proven beneficial for many suffering from allergies, asthma, and conjunctivitis due to the pollen that naturally occurs in honey. It helps desensitize people with allergies.

Honey has also been used topically on burns, as a sleep aid, and to help boost memory.

The key to getting its health benefits is to buy raw, unfiltered honey, preferably from local bee keepers or honey producers (especially if you have allergies). Just like any other food, it can be highly processed (Grade A), which removes valuable nutrients, including the pollen, which is full of B vitamins. (one reason for its calming properties). Look for pollen on the label.

Some companies add corn syrup to make honey cheaper to market. It won’t be listed on the label.

Before refined sugars became so abundant, people used to enjoy honeycomb as a real treat.

Honey can be stored at room temperature indefinitely, because it protects itself from bacteria, viruses, and mold.

Try stirring a little raw honey into a cup of warm chamomile or holy basil herbal tea before bedtime, or add it to peppermint or ginger herbal tea as a digestive aid.

Allergy-Reducing Green Tea Recipe:

Brew a cup of organic green tea.
Stir in a teaspoon of raw, local honey and a dash or two of cayenne pepper.
Drink one to three cups throughout the day.

If you’re not sensitive to dairy, buy a good organic, plain, unsweetened yogurt (preferably, from grass-fed cows or goats), with live cultures, and stir in some raw honey for a delicious sweet treat. The one I bought today is made by Kalona Supernatural.

Check out this information on Really Raw Honey.

If you know of a good local source for buying raw honey, please share it with our Learning to be Healthy Facebook Group.

Download my free Healthy Sweet Treats Recipe Book with 10 recipes that are naturally sweetened with honey, maple syrup, or fruit.

To be safe, it is recommended to not give honey to children under one year of age, since their immune systems may not be fully developed.

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

www.learningtobehealthy.com

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.