My Experience With High Fructose Corn Syrup
My journey to a healthier life began in 2017. I developed an interest in the human body and became fascinated with studying it. If I’m going to live my life in a human body, shouldn’t I learn how it functions and which ways I can to take care of it?
The Lord did amazing things that year. My walk with God skyrocketed and He began pulling me out of more and more sin. My husband and I stopped drinking, I spoke in tongues for the first time, and my prayer walk was lit.
However, that year the Lord told me to stop drinking soda. I know what it feels like when God convicts me and I knew that if God wanted me to give something up, then He wasn’t going to change His mind. I didn’t understand why, though.
“Really God? Soda?” Nevertheless, I (eventually) gave up soda and alcohol. Afterwards, I began to exercise more and consume more water.
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Quitting High Fructose Corn Syrup
Then, I read a book called the Daniel Plan. This book changed my life in so many areas. The book was written by a pastor and two doctors who have dedicated their lives to eating healthy and teaching others how to also.
That’s when I was first introduced to the deadly substance known as high fructose corn syrup. Once I learned the damage that it does, I was now responsible for my actions. I made the decision to cut high fructose corn syrup completely out of my diet. Although it was difficult at first, it become easier as I switched my diet around. There have been many times I’ve gone to a cook out or a family dinner and I have to decline certain foods.
When my family members found out I cut that one thing out of my diet, they looked at me like I was bazaar. “Isn’t high fructose corn syrup in everything?” That’s what everyone says when I tell them I don’t consume it. Although it’s in a lot of foods, these are foods that do not contain high fructose corn syrup. Yes, you can still consume bread, ketchup, and barbecue sauce!
What Is High Fructose Corn Syrup?
The term high fructose corn syrup describes exactly what it is. It’s a modified version of corn syrup. While corn syrup is a sweetener for foods, high fructose corn syrup is used more often because it’s cheaper to produce. It’s a chemically altered sweetener where the fructose-glucose ratio is 55:45 instead of 50:50.
Fructose is sweeter than glucose, so increasing the amount in sweetener is brilliant! Since it’s cheap to produce, soda sizes jumped from 12 fluid ounces to 20 without much out of the manufacturer’s pocket. However, high fructose levels causes many health affects to the human body.
While natural occurring fructose in fruits are not a bad thing, this fructose is not natural. (It’s created in a lab!) Therefore, it’s no surprise that the body cannot properly digest it (or recognize it). High fructose corn syrup has lead to so many diseases found in the American culture today including: heart disease, cancer, inflammation, leaky guy, fatty liver disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, and so much more.
How Does High Fructose Corn Syrup Affect The Body?
Consuming an average of 140 lbs per year of sugar no doubt leads to dangerous side effects. High fructose corn syrup is now more than 40% of sweeteners added to foods and drinks. About 20% of our calorie intake comes directly from sugars, including hfcs. In only 20 years, the use of this substance increased more than 1,000% and is a major factor of our obesity epidemic.
This deadly substance can lead to whole body inflammation which is proven to increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer. Also, there is a higher chance of triggering other inflammatory diseases such as gout.
Leaky gut is a condition where holes are punched into the intestinal lining. Toxic bacteria and partially digested proteins easily make their way into your blood stream. (Gross!) This triggers inflammation that is proven to be the root cause of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, dementia, cancer, and accelerated aging. High fructose corn syrup is proven to lead to a leaky gut. 
Fatty Liver Disease
Excessive amounts of hfcs overloads the liver and results in the production of fat. Overtime, the accumulation of fat can cause alarming health problems like fatty liver disease and type 2 diabetes. Fatty liver disease affects around 70 million people in this country. This disease is just the beginning. It can lead to liver damage, diabetes, and obesity.
Also, hfcs causes visceral fat to form. This fat surrounds your organ and can be deadly. It’s been linked to heart disease and diabetes.
It should be no surprise to hear that high fructose corn syrup is nothing but empty calories. Although it contains a lot of calories, they offer no nutrients. They do not care about the body at all and the food you consume either heals your body or harms it.
This substance will override and decrease your total amount of nutrient intake. You only have so much room to eat foods. Either they’ll be nutrient deficient foods, or nutrient filled. If you don’t make consuming nutrients a priority, chances are you’ll be missing out on key essential vitamins while eating empty foods.
One of the horrible side effects of hfcs is that it leaves you unsatisfied. It causes you to feel hungry shorty after a meal. You’ll go searching for more food to consume and your food intake will skyrocket.
High fructose corn syrup contains a lot of calories. Research proves that people are now consuming more than 500 calories per day from sugar. This is about 300% more from 50 years ago.  It’s no wonder why 93 million Americans are obese. 
In a 3 week study, it was found that too much fructose and sugar led to a 27% increase in liver fat.  Another study proved that fructose caused more weight gain than other meals with the same amount of calories! 
In 2009, researchers detected mercury in 9 out of 20 samples of hfcs. Mercury is a poisonous substance and can lead to a wide array of side effects. Some short term effects are nausea, chest pain, headaches, eye irritation, and vision problems. Long term effects are fatigue, loss of appetite, forgetfulness, and anxiety.
As much as 570 micrograms of mercury have been found per gram of hfcs. That’s more than half! Also, Americans consume as much as 50 grams of hfcs per day. 
In 2010, the America Association for Cancer Research found that HFCS promotes the growth of cancer cells. It can trigger mass production of pancreatic cancer cells. Cancer patients should avoid high fructose corn syrup for it can possibly stop the production of cancer cells. 
Since high fructose corn syrup increases the production rate of bad cholesterol and triglycerides, it causes a huge risk for heart disease. Combining these two causes arterial plaque build-up. This not only leads to heart disease, but hypertension and even stroke!
When carbs are consumed in a healthy body, insulin increases to guide into them into cells and out of the bloodstream. However, regular high consumption of hfcs can lead to insulin resistance.  Over time, this results in high insulin and blood sugar levels.
These high insulin levels could possibly lead to tumor growth. 
Can you understand why I cut high fructose corn syrup out of my family’s diet? Knowing what it does to adults, I can’t bare to give that stuff to my child. I try not to freak out when he goes to family members’ houses without me. But my home is high fructose corn syrup free! We always read labels before we put something in the cart and we’re willing to pay more money for a product that will treat our body better.
I picked up a box of Chips Ahoy the other day and almost threw it back by accident. I didn’t know it had hfcs! Famous Amos for me! I hope this article helped you and convinced you to remove this toxin from your home.
Use this blog as a guide when shopping: foods with and without hfcs. I’m constantly updating it so please check back occasionally. What foods are you currently eating with high fructose corn syrup? Do you think you can quit?