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The Truth Behind High Fructose Corn Syrup

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Eating to many packaged foods can take a toll on your health. We have heard a lot about the preservative high fructose corn syrup. Some say it's good for your health others say it's bad. So what is the truth behind the sweeter?

The Corn Refiners Association is on the right track when they say the sweetener is okay in moderation. The problem? High fructose corn syrup is hard to eat in moderation because it's in virtually all packaged foods. Just check your food labels.

Tori Park, a Denison Dietician explains how the sweetener breaks down in our bodies. "It doesn't start metabolizing until it reaches your liver. If you have to much, it makes your liver over work." When your liver can't metabolize all of a food, it stores it in fat cells. Tori goes on to explain, "The rest basically goes into fat stores.  That can cause obesity, which can lead to type II diabetes." She also says the sweeter's main problem, "is it's over processed. It's processed because it makes it a good filler to use in place of sugar. It's a very inexpensive way to fill different foods."

According to the American Dietetic Association "No persuasive evidence supports the claim that high fructose corn syrup is a unique contributor to obesity, however, like all nutritive sweeteners, it does contribute calories. This is where moderation and portion size become important." Tori Parks reiterates, "A little doesn't matter, but when we do it over and over, it starts to become a complication."

Although the convenience of a quick meal or snack is nice convenience could be harming your health.

Unfortunately the only way to stay away from the preservative is to eat fresh foods such as fruits, vegetables and meats. Foods containing the ingredient consist of breads, sodas, sports drinks, cereal bars, ketchup, pickles, yogurt, most fast foods and more. The best way to avoid it, is to check the label and stay away from packaged foods.

Christina Lusby, Reports.

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