"Because it is metabolized by the liver, fructose does not cause the pancreas to release insulin the way it normally does. Fructose converts to fat more than any other sugar. This may be one of the reasons Americans continue to get fatter. Fructose raises serum triglycerides significantly. As a left-handed sugar, fructose digestion is very low. For complete internal conversion of fructose into glucose and acetates, it must rob ATP energy stores from the liver."
This is one of the points brought up that really caught my attention. As a female struggling to control Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome through natural diet and exercise; it seems that HFCS is completely sabotaging my efforts. PCOS creates insulin resistance, though there is reasonable argument that insulin resistance creates PCOS. Either way, further distorting insulin production just seems like an invitation to join the ever growing obese population.
So am I going to jump on the no HFCS and throw everything I have out? I wish I could say yes... but I thought my first step would be to find our hidden HFCS. We cook a lot from scratch so I wasn't sure how much I would find. I can safely say that we do not fall into the realm of true moderation.
I found it first in my coffee creamer. Then in some graham crackers, yogurt covered raisins, granola and cereal bars and a can of pasta. Of course in the waffles, cold cereal and pancake syrup. I was surprised to find it in our bread and pretzels even!
These were just items I would reach for over the last 2 1/2 days while going about our normal existence. And we ran out of ice cream on Monday - you know that's not a clean food!
So I've switched back to milk in my coffee. We're cutting out some of the starchy snacks - which aren't such a great idea anyway. And once I'm back home again I'll return to making our waffles and pancakes from scratch. I will need some help finding a good sandwich bread without HFCS. I just am not able to make a sandwich bread from scratch that we enjoy as much... maybe that's why? And so that leaves us with our poor little pretzels, to be budgeted into the HFCS tally.
Poor little tainted pretzels...