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Corn syrup in soda - culprit in the obesity epidemic?

Introduction

It is a widely known fact that there are certain types of foods which largely affect the amount of food a person eats, the craving for foods the certain experiences and also how much weight a person puts on. It may come off as a bit of a surprise that the actual amount of food consumed is not that significant in weight loss as much as the type of foods consumed. The type of foods consumed determines how much fat the person stores inside the body. There is a scientifically determined and valid way of assessing different types of carbohydrates consumed and it is referred to as the glycemic index. The glycemic index comes in very handy when it comes to measuring and rating the way all the different carbohydrates enter one’s bloodstream. It may provide a person with all the important information so that he or she can keep hunger at bay by constantly consuming well balanced and nutritionally valid meals. In other words, it is very efficient when it comes to prevention of overeating. Parents may also find it very helpful in curbing the children’s desire for unnecessary snacks in between meals. All carbohydrates can be sorted by having either low, medium or high glycemic index. One should always consume plenty of foods characterized by a medium or low glycemic index, while the food items with a high glycemic index need to avoided as much as possible. Those food items that have a low glycemic index tend to enter the bloodstream in a much slower manner and they do not raise the levels of sugar in the blood.

Corn Syrup

All the different types of sugars are actually carbohydrates. Different types of carbohydrates include all various sorts of starches such as peas, lentils, legumes, pasta, noodles and potatoes, maltose (which is frequently used as a cereal flavoring), lactose (a certain type of sugar commonly found in yogurt and other dairy products), fructose (a type of sugar commonly found in fruits), glucose and regular sugar. All different types of fruit are considered to be food items with a fairly low glycemic index. Corn syrup contains a concentrated, refined type of fructose. Certain scientific studies have shown that fructose may be connected with weight gain and obesity. It may also be the key factor when it comes to excessive storage of accumulated fats in the human body. Fructose raises the levels of uric acid and blocks the insulin which leads to metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, weight gain and high levels of bad cholesterol in the blood. This may ultimately lead to diabetes.

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