So, recently I had the opportunity to participate in a webinar to learn more about High Fructose Corn Syrup.
I am very interested in this subject. As you know I have lost a good bit of weight recently and my family and I have been working on changing our diet. This HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) debate has been going on for a while, so I was glad to be able to get more info about it.
Of course, this goes right along with what I learned in my weight loss journey – it’s all about serving sizes and how much we eat!
I challenge you to spend a few days only eating the serving sizes on the box, can or bag and 4 oz of meat. You cannot order a 4 oz steak or hamburger. When you go out to eat they feed you enough for 2-3 people!
I now, closely follow the serving sizes on everything! Did you know that most chips have a serving size of 10 – 13? When was the last time you ate 10-13 chips? We graze!! When we cook, when we eat, when we socialize while eating, when we snack – it’s nuts!
I have learned to eat a meal (serving sizes) and not eat again until the next meal, no snacks, no problem. I am never hungry, I have lost more than 7o lbs, doing that alone – no exercise.
Ok, so back to HFCS and sugar! Basically what I learned is, it was a scare – not science. There is no difference in the sweetness or the effect on our bodies. We are looking for something or someone to blame the obesity issue on – we have to take responsibility for it, we did it to ourselves! Of course, this generation HATES takes responsibility for anything – look where that has gotten us!
Here’s what the American Medical Association & the American Dietetic Association are saying:
No difference in their calories or effects. Here are a few Dr.’s opinions:
“The decision to switch from HFCS to cane sugar
is 100% marketing and 0% science.”
David Ludwig, Director of the Optimal Weight for Life Program,
Children’s Hospital , Boston, Massachusetts
“This is a marketing issue, not a metabolic issue. The real
issue is not high fructose corn syrup. It’s that we’ve
forgotten what a real serving size is. We have to eat less
David Klurfeld, Ph.D., USDA’s Agricultural Research Service
Here are a few links with more info to help you more in your decisions regarding this issue:
Find calories for food items, and compare:
Plan your own personal meals:
Food Groups: https://www.supertracker.usda.gov/default.aspx
Sample Meal Plans:
eBook with health tips and sample meal plans:
My personal opinion? I will continue to change my family’s diet, however the main way will be by limiting servings to 1 serving not multiple. In this way we stay healthier – by eating less we are cutting down on cholesterol, fat, sugar, and salt! Everything in moderation! By following this very easy lifestyle change, I was able to lose the weight and get rid of the type II diabetes I was diagnosed with last year!
Years ago, people didn’t have the issues we have now – they worked harder and ate less! We have created an instant society – we are always looking to gain the body of an athlete without working for it and trying to create the diet that let’s us eat more and weigh less! 🙂 Those diets let you eat more but, not more of what I want – with MY diet, I get to eat what I want, I just eat less of it and in the process save money for sure – we can eat out for much less now. We even share meals, something never heard of before around here!
So, we worry more about how much we take in, rather than what we take in – by taking in less – we are automatically limiting what we take in! That’s my $.02!
“The information shared was provided by the Corn Refiners Association. I have been compensated for writing this blog post. All opinions are my own.”