sugar: the bitter truth

This video open my eyes to high fructose corn syrup, however blaming the obesity epidemic to this ingredient is an exaggeration.  I believe that high fructose corn syrup is a risk factor and contributes to obesity but, it is only one factor and should be regarded as that.  Consuming too much fats, carbohydrates and living a sedimentary lifestyle are all contributing factors, and now new research shows that there may be a genetic link to obesity, we have another risk factor.  The one thing that intrigue me was high fructose corn syrup suppresses the hormone leptin, the hormorne that surpresses appetite.   I did observed with my own self since I came to the united states, I eat more processed food that contains high fructose corn syrup and after a meal I still feel hunger although I am full.  I always think to myself why is the message not being sent to my brain that I am full.  Could it be high fructose corn syrup?

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3 Responses to sugar: the bitter truth

  1. lhernandez24 says:

    The video is very dramatic, but same as you, it did open my eyes as well. When I went to the supermarket and looked at the cereal boxes, including my favorite cereal at home, they all have high fructose corn syrup. And the ones that don’t taste horrible. Regarding to the hormone leptin, I did not know about it. But one thing is for sure, that when I eat “sweets” (I don’t know if they have high fructose corn syrup or not) I get hungry quicker.

  2. rsingh says:

    if you check the ingredients of foods manufactured in the carribean , you would not see high fructose corn syrup as an ingredient, but you would see sugar or cane sugar. I would agree with Neera, after eating something with high fructose corn syrup (hfcs) it is like I did not eat anything, however before reading this article i was told that our body does not recognise hfcs so it cannot be metabolised and therefore does not get excreted. so where does it go, it is stored in our bodies. how true this is i do not know but i would like a study to be done and be conclusive.

  3. emily says:

    To (Neera): Hello my name is Emily, I am visiting from Poetry class. Your blog, caught my attention. I agree with you on high fructose corn syrup being a factor of obesity, not the cause of obesity. What is surprising to me is that any food product containing high fructose corn syrup will make you want to eat again. Thinking about it, it actually does make sense. Neera if you post this worldwide, maybe it will open people’s eyes to what they eat and possibly decrease obesity.

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