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Why is eating high fructose corn syrup unhealthy?



High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is made from cornstarch. Further processing converts cornstarch into corn syrup. Because corn syrup is almost 100% glucose, enzymes are added to convert some of the glucose molecules to fructose. There are two most common forms of HFCS: HFCS-55 which is added to soft drinks and HFCS-42 which is mainly used in ice-creams, desserts and baked goods. HFCS is also known as Glucose-Fructose, Isoglucose, Glucose-Fructose or Fructose-Glucose Syrup. There are a number of reasons why HFCS is unhealthy and why you should avoid it as much as possible: Continue reading

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Why are trans fats so dangerous and how can you avoid them?

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Trans fats are a type of unsaturated fat. They can occur naturally in meat and milk products or can be created artificially. The naturally occurring trans fats are formed by bacteria in the stomach of ruminant animals such as cows or sheep. They account for only 2-5% of the fat content in the dairy products and 3-9% of the fat content in beef and lamb. We have eaten these naturally occurring trans fats for centuries and studies show that natural trans fats are not harmful to our health if consumed in moderate amounts. Artificial trans fats are created by adding hydrogen molecules into vegetable oils. This process changes the oil from being a liquid at room temperature into being a solid. Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils have similar consistency to saturated fat and have a much longer shelf life which is why manufacturers like using them. Artificially created trans fats can be found in in many products including, fried foods, donuts, cakes, pies, biscuits, pizzas crackers, cookies and stick margarine. Eating artificially created trans fats is bad for our health for a number of reasons: Continue reading

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Nutrition in the news – interesting articles from September 2013

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Here are some interesting articles that I came across in September 2013: Continue reading