A new Princeton University study shows that high fructose corn syrup — a type of syrup chemically engineered from corn — could be the culprit behind America’s obesity epidemic.
Here’s a quote from the study:
“Some people have claimed that high-fructose corn syrup is no different than other sweeteners when it comes to weight gain and obesity, but our results make it clear that this just isn’t true, at least under the conditions of our tests,” said psychology professor Bart Hoebel, who specializes in the neuroscience of appetite, weight and sugar addiction. “When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they’re becoming obese — every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don’t see this; they don’t all gain extra weight.” -Princeton University
So when it comes to picking what you eat, check the label to make sure your food doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup.
Here’s a list of food items that commonly contain this weight gain culprit:
- Soda (nearly every brand!)
- Yoplait Yogurt
- Salad dressings
- Tomato-based sauces
- Fruit juice
- Special K cereal
- 100 calorie snack packs
The secret to losing weight might be cutting out high fructose corn syrup from your diet, so be a vigilant eater and shopper, and read labels!