In my blog of August 11, 2011 I discussed how accumulating data show the role of hormone disrupters – especially in early life – predispose a child to obesity. That is still true, and additional reports support the earlier conclusions. Now there is clear evidence that another thing is playing a role in obesity: high fructose corn syrup. It is found in most bottled beverages (especially soda), and some condiments and baked goods.
A former professor of biochemistry has described how consumption of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is linked to the obesity epidemic. The book, “Gaining Weight?” by Dee Takemoto and Joanne McIntyre (published by Balboa Press, 2012) is available from Amazon. This small book (less than 100 pages) is conversational in tone and often humorous. In simple language it explains why foods, mostly soda beverages, that use HFCS instead of plain old sugar not only cause weight gain – especially fat around the waist – they contribute to several serious bad health conditions, such as high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and low HDL cholesterol.
The findings in this book really surprised me. As a professional scientist I believed that it was only total calories consumed (and level of exercise) that determined whether a person was fat or lean. But this book showed me that I was wrong: the type of calories do matter! In laboratory studies rats with 12-hour access to HFCS gained considerably more weight than those with equal access to sugar (sucrose) water, even thought both groups consumed the same number of calories. Studies with people have confirmed these laboratory results. Your body can tell the difference between plain regular sugar and high fructose corn syrup. The good news is that you can lose waist fat without going hungry!