Recently there have been marketing campaigns both online and on television promoting high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as a healthy additive. They do not blatantly claim that it is health food, but they are pretty sneaky in the way the advertising so it does fool some people into thinking that it is not bad for you. You may have heard some of the claims:
“It’s all natural”
“It’s made from corn”
“It has the same calories as table sugar”
and my favorite … “It’s no worse for you than sugar”
By telling us that high fructose corn syrup is “all natural” or “made from corn” they try to deceive us into believing that it is okay to eat large quantities of the stuff.
I think these ads are immoral. Think about this, America, at the rest of the world for that matter, is suffering from an obesity epidemic. Diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer are on the rise because of poor health habits. All they are doing is making matters worse by tricking people into believing that HFCS is healthy. In the meantime, our children are getting fatter and even more unhealthy, yet the corporations are stuffing their pockets with large profits since high fructose corn syrup is in the vast majority of processed foods.
The claim they make about HFCS not being any worse for you than sugar is laughable. Sugar is one of the worst things you can ingest!
Their claim that HFCS is all natural is ridiculous. It is highly processed and does not come out of the ground that way. It will just make you fat!
The important thing to keep in mind if you want to be fit and healthy for life is to minimize, or better yet eliminate, all sugar and high fructose corn syrup from your diet. Better yet, most processed foods should be eliminated if you are serious about being lean.
Next time you drink a can of pop, eat some candy or a cupcake, just know that you will have to drink over 30 glasses of water and do over 1000 jumping jacks to offset what you took into your body. That will greatly delay losing body fat and the healthy life you are driving towards.
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