Let’s admit one thing…we all eventually succumb to sweet stuff to satisfy our taste buds. Whether it is soft drinks, salad dressings, commercially-made cakes, cookies, cereal, or brand-name breads, we will seek and ravish these foods like a rabid dog if our sweet tooth calls. Sadly, I hate to admit that none of those items are ideal in your pursuit of a great metabolism; especially if they contain High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).

So what exactly is HFCS?

Cane sugar had been America’s sweetener of choice for most of the 20th Century. Around late 1950s, High-Fructose Corn Syrup, derived from corn- sweeteners, was created by Japanese scientist. By the late 1960s & 1970s, due to its lower cost vs. cane sugar, HFCS was being frequently used as an ingredient in packaged food. While table sugar ratio of fructose to glucose is 1:1, HFCS ratio is 4:1, almost twice the fructose of common table sugar. Despite both containing four calories per gram, HFCS comes with 2 issues.

Issue #1: Your body can’t digest a ton of fructose

The reason for that is because metabolizing excess amounts of fructose is the major concern. The human body was meant to digest just a small amount of fructose while glucose derives from carbs we eat; therefore, your body can readily handle a good amount of glucose as it is able to release insulin to regulate glucose. (i.e., use it for fuel or energy)

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On the other hand, fructose is processed by the liver. When excessive amounts of fructose enter the liver, it is unable to process quickly enough for the body convert to energy. Instead, it creates fats from the fructose and sends them off into the bloodstream as triglycerides. To sum it up, too much triglyceride in your bloodstream over time increases your risk for heart disease, weight gain, and possibly type-2 diabetes.

Issue #2: Sugar is Sugar

Regardless if a food or beverage consists of HFCS or cane sugar, it is still sugar. And too much sugar can cause a slew of health issues including obesity and metabolic syndrome.

So does that mean to forego some of your favorite sweets and breads forever?

No. It means that you should start looking at the ingredients section on the food package to see if it contains HFCS. While more studies need to be conducted to determine the effects of HFCS, it is best you avoid it if speeding your metabolism is your agenda. Besides, if you desire something sweet, try some fruit.