Fructose goes right to the liver and triggers lipogenesis, which causes liver damage to 70 million people around the world annually. 
How’s that for an eye-opener? Liver damage is no joke. Unfortunately, it’s only one of the horrible effects of regularly consuming high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). One of the questions I’ve recently come across is, “Is high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup the same?” This is a great question because they sound so similar! However, they are certainly different and in this post, I will tell you why!
Can you do me a favor? I want you to do some critical thinking and identify a clear difference in naming. Are you ready? High fructose corn syrup and corn syrup. Do you see the difference? That’s right! The only real difference between the two is the fact that one has high fructose. Sometimes we use the term HFCS so much that we tend to group the words as one. However, we have to remember the ‘high fructose’ part makes HFCS unique.
Fructose is sweeter than glucose, which is the substance table sugar is made of. Therefore, by finding a way to incorporate more fructose to sugar is genius! The only problem with this solution is it’s causing massive harm to those who are consuming it.
How Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Worse Than Corn Syrup?
While sucrose can be digested throughout the whole body, fructose can only be digested in the liver. When a person consumes large amounts of fructose, the liver can become overloaded.
Picture this: You’re at work and your boss is giving you too much work to get done in your shift. You start off fine, but as the final hour approaches, you begin cutting corners and doing things wrong. You begin shoving work in areas for the next shift in hopes your boss won’t find out. That person you’re imagining is your poor liver! Read more
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. Read more
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The dangers of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are a real threat. It can cause heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and so much more. When I began my health journey, I was incredibly shocked at how harmful this substance was. It’s more astonishing when you find out how many foods and beverages contain HFCS. I was a bit mad. No longer could I indulge in the foods I once loved. However, my commitment to myself and my family is more important than my pallet’s preferences.
I formed a habit of actively checking the ingredients of the products I purchase. We went on a mission to clear out our cabinets of anything without nutritional value. (A lot of foods left our home that day.) Here are some foods we were challenged to let go of and alternatives we’ve found to satisfy our cravings. Read more
Reasons To Quit Soda Today
Soda was a normal thing in our household. I was raised to love it and we drank it every day. I didn’t make the decision to quit soda until in my twenties. It’s normal to drink soda regularly, isn’t it?
The only issue with soda is it’s incredibly unhealthy for you. (Like WAYY unhealthy!) It leads to many of the health problems we see in our culture today. The darn things are everywhere! You can go anywhere and order a Coke. The drink is also highly addictive. These companies know exactly what they’re doing to push revenues through the roof by ensuring you’ll purchase more in the future. After learning the health effects of consuming this soft drink, I chose to stand up and say, “No more!”
It was incredibly tough for me to stop drinking soda. The more I tried to stop, the more I wanted it. I was caught up in an addiction that I was determined to win. After failing multiple times, my victory finally prevailed. At last, I can say I’m free from carbonated drinks and I’m glad for it. However, many people give me weird looks when I politely decline soda. It makes me feel like an outcast.
Why should you not drink soda?
I know normal people drink soda, but I’m weird okay? I want to take care of my body and live as long as I can. Let’s examine some reasons why soda is so bad for the human body. (And why you should stay far away from it!) Read more