As we know proper hydration is vital to the human body. But the type of beverages we consume to hydrate ourselves is very important. There are endless amounts of liquids we can consume, but the quality of most of them are poor. Many contain high amounts of sugar and high fructose corn syrup.
If you find “high fructose corn syrup” on the label you can be sure that the sugar found in that product is NOT the “naturally occurring sugar” our Paleo diet allows. Spotting this on the label also indicates that the product is NOT a real, fresh food full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. Stay away from these products if you want to stay healthy (See List Below). We still must reduce our overall consumption of sugar , but with this one simple dietary change you can radically reduce your health risks and improve your health.
Sugar in any form causes obesity and diseases when consumed in mass doses. But High Fructose Corn Syrup is not the same as cane sugar, it is worse. Chemically the two are very different and the body does not take time to digest High Fructose Corn syrup. When you drink beverages especially with high fructose corn syrup, it goes right to the liver and triggers lipogenesis (the production of fats like triglycerides and cholesterol) this is why it is the major cause of liver damage in this country and causes a condition called “fatty liver” which affects 70 million people. The rapidly absorbed glucose triggers big spikes in insulin–our body’s major fat storage hormone. Both these features of HFCS lead to increased metabolic disturbances that drive increases in appetite, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, and more.
You should avoid products that contain High Fructose Corn Syrup. Products that contain this chemical are poor-quality, nutritionally-depleted, processed industrial food full of empty calories and artificial ingredients. Make sure to check the labels, avoid soft drinks with high fructose corn syrup. Try and opt for unsweetened beverages, but if you are set on drinking something sweet, honey & lemon in some high quality H20 can fix the urge.
What Generally has High Fructose Corn syrup?
Soda (Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Sprite, etc.)
Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice
Newman’s Pink Lemonade