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Avoid Trans Fats & High Fructose Corn Syrup for Weight Loss

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You have probably heard by now that trans fats and high fructose corn syrup are bad for you. You may think they are no big deal because in the 21st century, it seems that everything is bad for you. But trust me, trans fats and high fructose corn syrup are really, really bad for you. They make the food demons of the 20th century, like eggs, coffee, and saturated fat, look good. This article will tell you how and why to avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup for weight loss. If you are trying to lose weight, expel them from your diet!

Why do we have trans fats and high fructose corn syrup?

Trans fats, or hydrogenated oils, were created as an alternative to butter that was supposed to be healthier for the consumer. They are created by adding hydrogen atoms to liquid oil to create a solid fat. Manufacturers kept using them because they're cheap and give food a longer shelf life. High fructose corn syrup was created for similar reasons. It is cheaper and sweeter than normal sugar and extends the shelf life of processed foods.

To avoid these foods, you must read your food labels carefully. They are found in millions of different foods and drinks, about 40 percent of the foods in your grocery store. They are also found in a lot of restaurant foods, so look out!

Trans fats make you fatter

Trans fats clog your arteries and make you gain weight like normal fats, but they don't stop there. When you eat foods with trans fats, you gain more weight than when you eat other foods that don't contain trans fats, even when they have the same fat and calorie content.

The detriments of trans fats were demonstrated in a study of monkeys who were fed the Western diet, a diet containing 35 percent fat, for six years (the equivalent of 20 years for humans). The monkeys were divided into two groups: those that ate trans fats and those that ate unsaturated fats. Both groups ate calorie-controlled diets, so that portion control was not an issue in weight gain. With the amount of calories that the monkeys ate, neither group should have gained weight. But by the end of the study, both groups had. The monkeys that ate a diet of 35 percent unsaturated fat increased their body weight by 1.8 percent, while the monkeys who ate trans fats increased their body weight by 7.2 percent!

Trans fats give you a beer gut

Trans fats tend to accumulate on your stomach instead of being evenly distributed like other fats. This is strange. But the strangest thing about trans fats is how they move fats from other parts of your body onto your stomach, giving you the appearance of a "beer gut." This phenomenon affects men, who are already more prone to fat on their stomachs, and women, who normally accumulate fat on the lower parts of their bodies.

The dangers of high fructose corn syrup

The evils of high fructose corn syrup have not been proven as clearly as those of trans fats. But it is still a good idea to avoid it:

  • It is believed to be more easily converted to fat by the liver, increasing the fat in your blood stream.
  • It is believed to be a cause of America's growing weight problem.
  • It has been linked to high cholesterol and diabetes.

Even if you are skeptical, we can all agree that high fructose corn syrup dumps lots of empty calories into your diet and it's time to ditch it if you want to effectively manage your weight.


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