Have you recently seen the controversy surrounding high fructose corn syrup? Is it really bad or is it just sugar? Well the major problem is exactly that it is more sugar. The average American consumes excessive amounts of sugar – to be specific 160 lbs per year!
That’s amazing, but not that surprising given that refined sugar is in everything these days, and most prominently it is in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). HFCS can be found in soda, yogurt, breads, canned goods, condiments, etc. This sugar is contributing to weight gain, immune system malfunction, fatigue, behavioral problems and much more.
So if you need something sweet, think fruit, real maple syrup, or honey in moderation.
Another disturbing fact about high fructose corn syrup is that HFCS products contain detectable amounts of mercury. Yes you heard right – mercury, the stuff used in old thermometers, old tooth filings, and unfortunately also present in many of the fish we like to eat. Mercury has been found in HFCS because of the use of caustic soda during processing.
Does this mean that if you have consumed HFCS in the past you are in serious trouble? Not necessarily,but you do want to limit your exposure because it is yet another factor that burdens your body’s healing.