I admit it. I have a sweet tooth. One of my favorite sayings is, "Life is uncertain, eat dessert first."
In the "olden days" when I was growing up, the sweeteners of choice were sugar or honey.
In these modern times food manufacturers almost exclusively use high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), and crystalline fructose to satisfy the public's desire for sweetness.
These chemically altered, artificial sweeteners have natural sounding names, but when it comes to actually being heart healthy, they fail the test miserably.
You may not be pleased to learn the sad truth about these sweeteners commonly used in soft drinks and thousands of packaged foods.
You will find them in all the name brand soft drinks, including Coca Cola'sVitamin Water.
These sugar substitutes are also the sweeteners of choice by food processors in so called heart healthy foods and drinks, such as Ocean Spray cranberry cocktail, Yoplait Yogurt and brand name energy bars and salad dressings.
MARK HYMAN, MD, who is a family physician, eight-time New York Times bestselling author, and an international leader in natural medicine says this about high fructose corn syrup:
"HFCS and cane sugar are NOT biochemically identical or processed the same way by the body. High fructose corn syrup is an industrial food product and far from "natural" or a naturally occurring substance.
"It is extracted from corn stalks through a process so secret that Archer Daniels Midland and Carghill would not allow the investigative journalist Michael Pollan to observe it for his book The Omnivore's Dilemma."
They raise triglycerides, which increases risk of heart disease and rob your body of critical nutrients, enzymes and antioxidants.
HFCS fails to activate the pancreas to produce insulin. As a result, our bodies are "tricked" into a vicious cycle, eating food that gets immediately stored as fat and never feeling full.
It is also associated with blood sugar problems, diabetes, depression, fatigue, B vitamin deficiency, indigestion, and most importantly...WEIGHT GAIN.
These tasty, sugary liquids travel directly to the liver which converts them to body fat within 60 minutes of eating.
Researchers have shown that high fructose corn syrup, unlike sucrose (sugar), fails to prompt the production of the hormones that help us regulate appetite and fat storage.
This sets the stage for adding body fat to unwanted places.
Since HFCS and it's healthy sounding cousin, crystalline fructose are in practically everything we love it's very difficult to avoid it completely.
And if are waiting for the food industry to help you eat healthier foods and lose weight I'm afraid you will be waiting for a long, long time.
"High fructose corn syrup literally floods your bloodstream, overwhelming your liver's processing capacity.
"This can lead to liver damage not unlike the kind that afflicts alcoholics."
As an owner of the Vital Life Center, a health and wellness club for the over 40 crowd, I thought I knew just about everything there was to know about exercise to lose belly fat...until I discovered Dr. Sears' Pace program. I discovered that there was more to learn.
Dr. Al Sears, M.D. owns and operates a successful integrative medicine and anti-aging clinic in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, with over 20,000 patients.
His cutting-edge therapies and reputation for solving some of the most difficult-to-diagnose cases attract patients from around the world.
In a matter of weeks, Dr. Sears' program will help you burn inches off your waistline, and boost your energy levels.
You'll take off the weight and KEEP it off in as little as
12 minutes a day!
One of his patients actually lost 45 pounds by walking just 45 seconds at a time.
His technique is so revolutionary, he was awarded an exclusive service mark for it by the U.S. Patent Office.
If you want to get into the best shape of your life - today, I recommend you take a look at Dr. Sears' Program.
Check it out here...and let me know what you think about it.
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