Nothing is more maddening to me then watching a commercial of a woman walking through fields of corn and saying “Sugar is sugar- it’s all the same.” High Fructose Corn Syrup is NOT biochemically the same as Sugar, nor is it processed by the body in the same way. In his important book, The Blood Sugar Solution, Dr. Hyman explains that HFCS goes through a chemical process that makes it sweeter than Cane Sugar. There is no digestion required for HFCS, which makes it more rapidly absorbed into your blood stream. As HFCS goes right to the liver, it triggers the production of cholesterol and fats like triglycerides which then leads to fatty liver. Fatty liver is affecting 70 million people in this country! Furthermore, the rapid absorption of glucose creates big spikes in insulin. According to Dr. Hyman, “Both these features of HFCS lead to increased metabolic disturbances that drive increases in appetite, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, and more.” Yikes!
Sugar is no angel and can cause weight gain, energy loss, and a host of other ailments as well. That said, if you are going to have something sweet, reach for something made with real, pure cane sugar, and not highly processed, Mercury laden, Genetically Modified, High Fructose Corn Syrup.