By: Adedoyin Ogunjobi

A lot of people have New Year’s resolutions of losing weight but we tend to go cold turkey, relapse and give up on our diets. Maybe we need to take it step by step and find the “smallest” issue in our health that we tend to overlook that contribute to our weight gain. Let’s start by reading the ingredients located in the nutrition facts when we go grocery shopping. Ever wondered why you still have an appetite after just eating or still being thirsty after drinking soda or certain juices? Well the reason for that high fructose corn syrup. Many may not know but high fructose corn syrup is actually bad for our bodies and is one of the causes of America’s obesity epidemic and increases the risks of diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

According to a biotechnology and molecular biology review on academic journals, high fructose corn syrup also known as HFCS is a liquid alternative sweetener to sucrose that is made of corn starch altered through a chemical enzymatic process started in the 1970s. In this process caustic soda and hydrochloric acid chemicals and amylase and glucoamylase enzymes to break down corn starch to corn syrup. Later on transforming glucose corn syrup to fructose.

If it doesn’t seem bad enough, here are more than three strikes that will make you kick high fructose corn syrup out of your daily consumption.

Avoid high fructose corn syrup at all cost and a great way to start is removing processed foods, soft drinks and fruit juices from your daily consumption. In the picture below from Dr. Axe are 10 alternatives to a healthier diet.

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