How High Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated Oils, and Modified Cornstarch Kill Your Energy
Here's an idea: how about instead of eating food that allows our body to perform at an optimum level, let's eat food that is cheap, easy, and tastes good. If we buy the cheapest food, we'll save money. If the food has ingredients that have undergone chemical reactions that destroy all the nutritional value, it doesn't matter as long as it's cheap and tasty, right? WRONG.
If you're into the whole "cheapest is best" mindset, like I was in college, you'll likely forget why cheap food doesn't cost very much, why you don't get out as much as you would like, and why you're often sick. Companies who's market is people who want the cheapest stuff they can find, naturally do whatever they can to make their product as cheap as possible. So how do you lower the cost of your product?
Making your product last longer, usually with preservatives like high fructose corn syrup, means it doesn't get spoiled from people not buying it quick enough. How do you get food to last longer? By putting it through chemical reactions in a laboratory. The more a product is altered from its natural state, the longer it lasts without getting rancid.
So why are processed goods so bad for your health?
The reason why overweight people are hungry all the time is because their body isn't getting enough nutrients. It doesn't matter how much "food" goes into your stomach, if you are not getting enough essential nutrients, you will be hungry. Anytime you eat something that takes the place of real food, your body wastes energy trying to digest something that's only purpose is to fill a hole in your stomach. When lots of energy goes to digestion you feel tired because you are not eating food that gives you energy. It's no wonder that fat people are often lazy.
If you think people are overweight because they consume too many calories you're only partly right. It's not the calories that are important. It's how altered your food is from its natural state. When you are on a whole foods, vegan diet you don't have to worry about counting calories; you eat until you are full, and still lose weight.
Preservatives like high fructose corn syrup make food last longer by making it harder for the earth to break down, and if it's hard for the earth to break down, you can bet it's hard for your stomach to break down, too. This means your body wastes energy trying to break down food that's not supposed to be easy to break down. Energy that could have went to your immune system to help fight off illness and disease is instead wasted on digestion.
The whole reason we eat food is so we can have an abundance of energy to accomplish our goals, enjoy ourselves, and remain free of disease. If you feel tired all the time, maybe your body is wasting all it's energy trying to digest "food."
Read the labels of everything you buy! Stop eating HIGH FRUCTOSE corn syrup, HYDROGENATED oils, and MODIFIED corn starch. These ingredients are used to make food cheaper and you fatter, hungrier, and wanting more. They make food harder to digest and have nothing your body needs to survive. Here's some more info on why you should remove these evils from your diet:
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Corn syrup is not very sweet by itself, it is a natural glucose that gives your body energy. High fructose corn syrup is produced by processing glucose into fructose, making it a lot harder for your body to break down, then raising your chances of diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome. Making matters even worse, the corn that the high fructose corn syrup is processed from nearly all comes from genetically modified corn (which is cheaper) which has its own well documented side effects and health concerns.
When you modify corn syrup to get high fructose corn syrup, you get a product that is cheaper, sweeter, and more soluble in liquid than sugar, making it great for any drink. It also has the added effect to preserve the food it’s in AND suppresses your appetite, leaving you hungry and wanting more. That's great news for anyone that wants to make more money from their "food" products.
Like all unnatural sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup is MUCH harder to digest than glucose. Again, because your body is spending more energy to digest the syrup, you will be left more tired than if the food would have had natural sugar in it. According to Wikipedia, the average American consumes over 70 lb (32 kg) of high fructose corn syrup a year!
Note: soda has huge amounts of high fructose corn syrup! Other products I used to consume before I found out they had fuck-tose syrup: Tiger Milk bars, Campbell's soups, Chunky's soups, Progresso's soups, Chewy bars, Nutrigrain bars, most sugar based candies like Skittles, and almost every product they sell at Walmart (surprise!).
When I was a freshman in high school, I used to love to eat waffles with peanut butter on them for breakfast. I would eat two every day before going to school. After eating like this for a little, my stomach would start to hurt an hour or so after breakfast. I wasn't used to noticing food having a negative effect on me like this; I ate fast food at least once a day, played soccer for club and high school, and had a very high metabolism. I stopped eating the meal because it was causing me pain. Back then I didn't know why it made me feel so bad, but I do now: almost every kind of commercial peanut butter (like Chunky and Skippy) has hydrogenated oil in it.
The hydrogenation process uses extremely high temperatures to add hydrogen bubbles to oils making it more solid. When added to peanut butter it makes it thicker and creamier. Just like heating up any food destroys over half of the nutrients, good polyunsaturated fats are destroyed in the repetitive heating process and are turned into saturated and trans fats.
Trans fats are super sticky and the hardest for your body to break down. They have absolutely no value for your body (unless you consider love handles value). Hydrogenated oils also conveniently preserve foods making it harder for your body to break down. Unlike fake sugar which doesn't have calories, hydrogenated oils do. So not only do they leave your body tired and hungry for more food (with actual nutrients) but they will directly make you fat, too.
Modified Corn Starch
Modified corn starch is a filler that adds texture to a food product. It’s also a cheaper, unnatural alternative to regular corn starch that makes food harder to break down by heat, light, air, and your stomach (which again, means you waste valuable energy trying to digest it!). It’s not as bad as the above mentioned products, but eating it will still make you sleepy.
Read the labels of the food you eat! Anything you do not know how to pronounce is a preservative. Although it's hard to completely avoid eating preservatives at first, I do my best to not buy products with them. Prepackaged ready to eat foods ALL contain LOTS of preservatives.
The less preservatives you put in your stomach, the less energy you waste on digestion and the more can go to your brain, your heart, your muscles, and your immune system. I have enough shit coming out of me, I don't need to eat it too! Food is energy, and I only want the best!
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