New Delhi: In a recent study, a high fructose diet was linked with slower metabolism of fat by the liver. The finding of the study was published in the journal Cell Metabolism, and it suggested that a diet high in fructose can have a negative impact on health, even when it is consumed in the same amounts as glucose, and even if it has the same calories.
This could be because of the pressure fructose creates on the liver. Fructose, unlike glucose, cannot be used by the cells of all organs as energy directly. Fructose can only be metabolised by one organ, the liver. A diet very high in fructose can over-burden the liver, and lead to low metabolism of fat, leading to obesity.
Foods that are rich in fructose include fruits, and processed foods like sugary beverages, sodas, etc. Many processed and packaged foods also contain high fructose corn syrup, which is another form of fructose. HDCP is a sweetener made from corn starch. It can go unnoticed in most foods if you do not check the labels and can cause the same effect as that of fructose from other packaged food. Here is what you should know about corn fructose syrup, which foods contain it, and how it can affect some important processes like your weight loss.
Did you know that even foods you consider healthy can contain high fructose corn syrup? Foods like sweetened yoghurt, salad dressing, frozen foods, bread, canned fruit, juice, breakfast cereal, store-bought baked goods, cereal bars, nutrition bars, energy drinks and many more that you think are good for your health contain high fructose corn syrup. If you have been eating any of these are a part of your weight loss and fitness plan, it may be time to reconsider.
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How does high fructose corn syrup affect your weight loss?
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High fructose corn syrup present in all the mentioned foods can slow down your process of weight loss, and can also make you gain weight. The fructose present in the syrup is a complex sugar, and cannot be used by the body as energy directly. It is first processed by the liver, which turns it into glucose and makes it fit for absorption by other organs, as energy. Consuming a high amount of fructose can over-work the liver. It is important to note that the liver is also responsible to process the fat in the body. If the balance of the liver is off, there can be an accumulation of fat in the body, leading to overweight, obesity, and difficulty in losing weight.
High fructose corn syrup also contains a high amount of calories, which is not favourable for weight loss. Another way that the high fructose corn syrup can lead to weight gain and adversely affect your health is the accumulation of visceral fat accumulation. It is the fat that surrounds your internal organs, and a high amount can increase your risk of obesity, as well as other diseases like diabetes and heart conditions.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.