Sugar, Sugar…Oh honey, honey. Sugars in our diet.

High Fructose Corn Syrup, it’s danger, and where it is lurking to sabotage your diet.

Stylized_granulated_sugarI like sugar in my coffee with cream. Mmm, creamy brown deliciousness. I have always been an advocate for the use of real sugars over chemically produced sugar substitutes. There have been countless studies on the dangers of Sacarin and other chemical substitutes found in many brand name sodas (diet) and packets to use in place of sugar. These products are not natural. Are you aware of what our bodies do when it takes in something unnaturally that it doesn’t know how to process? It turns it into fat…unnatural products and chemicals are in fact not helping us lose weight; if anything it may be helping you gain weight. I am sure that is NOT the result you are looking for; I know it’s not the result I am looking for.

In recent diet crazes the fear of sugar was established. It’s true, we should be watching our sugar intake and is at the top of the food pyramid as using sparingly. I always believed I was watching my sugar intake pretty well. I only use a couple of tea spoons in my coffee in the morning or add half a tea spoon to my healthy oatmeal in the morning. If I cut out sugary sodas and fruit juices that add sugar; I’m doing well, right? Wrong! I want to talk about high fructose corn syrup and its danger in sabotaging your diet.

As I started doing more research on my diet, I was actually shocked where I am finding this chemically altered sugar substance and how it is not being to the sugar count, just a chemical make-up product of what we are eating. The products out there that are marketed as being diet friendly contain this high sugar substitute and it’s not helping you lose weight. Again, what does our body do with unnatural chemicals in the body? Yep, turns it into fat.

Here is where I ask you to go check your “health foods”, you know those breakfast bars, yogurts, wheat breads, prepackaged oatmeal, and other cereals. These products are often promoted to us, the consumer, as healthy snack alternatives or meal substitutes. How many of them are you eating a day? As you check the label, even those marked as sugar free or reduced sugar, are you finding high fructose corn syrup or caramel coloring with corn syrup? If so, then you are potentially unknowingly sabotaging your weight loss goals. Yogurts are the worst; I have other issues with yogurts but I will get more into that when I talk about gut health.

High fructose corn syrup is chemically altered form of sugar and is essentially assisting your body store additional fat. I share this information so you can be aware. Start watching to your foods carefully, even those they market as healthy foods. On average we are supposed to consume no more than 9 to 16 teaspoons of sugar a day. Make sure you are doing it with natural products, look for products with natural sugar, sugar cane, and use honey as a natural alternative to sweetening your foods. I have included links below with more information on altered sugars. I have also included a link to a video that gives superb information on this subject. Please know that I am adding the link to the video for its educational purposes only. I am aware the video is ultimately endorsing a product. I am not endorsing the product, I have not used it personally and do endorse its use or effectiveness.

Thank you to following sources: – for the sugar picture