High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is bad stuff. It's found in almost all types of processed foods and drinks. There are ads and commercials on TV now that say that HFCS is great stuff - but not so my friends. This stuff has a list of bad things that it does to you a mile long.
Here's a list of only some of the problems caused by high fructose corn syrup:
- Increased bad bad cholesterol
- Increased risk of heart disease
- Increased osteoporosis risk
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Elevated insulin levels
- Accelerated aging
- Copper, which can cause increased bone fragility, anemia, ischemic heart disease and defective connective tissue.
As far as fat loss and weight loss are concerned, HFCS is an enemy of fat loss. It contributes to obesity and metabolic syndrome in a big way. Because fructose does not stimulate insulin secretion from pancreatic cells, the consumption of foods and beverages containing fructose produces smaller postprandial insulin excursions than does consumption of glucose-containing carbohydrate. Because leptin production is regulated by insulin responses to meals, fructose consumption also reduces circulating leptin concentrations. The combined effects of lowered circulating leptin and insulin in individuals who consume diets that are high in dietary fructose could therefore increase the likelihood of weight gain and its associated metabolic sequelae.
So the bottom line is that HFCS is bad for you, no matter what the big money people try to sell you with their ads and commercials. Read your labels. If you see HFCS, put it back on the shelf and keep looking for something better that doesn't have it. If you are trying to get in shape and lose bodyfat, HFCS will not help but only hurt your efforts. Don't drink the kool-aid, literally, because it's also laden with HFCS. Try to eliminate it from your diet and you will be much healthier and lose more fat.
Here are a few articles that go into depth about why HFCS is bad for you.