More sugar in our diets by amending EU law
HFCS is a very powerful sweetener that much stronger and unhealthier than ordinary table sugar.
To my great surprise, I read that on October 1, 2017 expires the European production quota for HFCS. This is even more sugar in our diet.
Currently allowed 4% of total EU sugar production from glucose-fructose syrup exist, but this quota therefore lapsed. After that food producers can use as much HFCS in their products as they wish.
This article tells you all about this amendment and what the effects on our health.
But first, let’s see what HFCS is exactly.
What is HFCS?
Sugar consists of two fabrics: glucose and fructose. The ratio of glucose and fructose sugar varies by species, but applies to all types of sugar, the higher the percentage of fructose, the sweeter the sugar.
Glucose-fructose syrup – also known as isoglucose and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) – a very strong sweetener extracted from corn through a refined process. This form of sugar is composed mostly of fructose.
Glucose-fructose syrup can be even consist of 90% of fructose. Therefore, it is much sweeter than ordinary table sugar, which consists of 50% of fructose.
HFCS is so much stronger than regular sugar. Moreover, the production costs are much lower than that of ordinary sugar. This makes HFCS an ideal sweetener for food manufacturers because it is strong and very cheap.
But the high percentage fructose sweetener is very unhealthy for consumers.
Why is HFCS unhealthy?
HFCS is so unhealthy because it has no nutritional value. So the body will not feel full after eating products where sugar.
Meanwhile, the high percentage of fructose causes glucose-fructose syrup for an extremely high spike in blood sugar. That peak is much higher than after eating table sugar. And our bodies can not withstand such high blood sugar spike.
To protect us from that peak, the body converts any excess sugar into fat. This results in excess weight. According to Dr. Robert H. Lustig, a professor at the University of California (San Francisco), fructose is even the number one cause of obesity.
But obesity is not the only problem with HFCS. If there regularly because such a big sugar spike touches the insulin system upset. This system regulates our blood sugar.
When the insulin system of stroke is created insulin resistance, and that is a precursor of type 2 diabetes, or diabetes.
What happens after October 1?
From October 1, 2017 can be produced much more HFCS in the Europe Union. I expect that food manufacturers are only too happy to go to this powerful and cheaper form of sugar.
The same happened years ago, namely in the United States, when HFCS was invented there.
I, and many others, expect that it will not otherwise go in Europe and I am very concerned about.
Because I speak every day people who are desperate because they manage but not to lose weight. Often these people are aware of their food, and yet they struggle with being overweight.
The cause is almost always sugar. Especially hidden sugars. Which are in fact many more products than you think. Indeed, all ready-made food, ready-made meals, food parcels and collection bags, pickle jar or tin and so on added sugar is.
Even products that seem justified, as supposedly healthy yoghurt drinks or sauces for groentenwok, are packed sugar.
And soon the sugar is even stronger and more unhealthy.
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By changing this European law, the risk of obesity increases. Moreover, fluctuating blood sugar increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.