I picked the article called, Sweet Obesity, on Seed Magazine because it is related to what we have been discussing in class. The author cites an obesity researcher and health editor of Obesity Panacea that there has been a link between artifical sweeteners and obesity over the past 30 years. The researcher also suggest that sugar "disrupts the metabolism and makes you hungrier." In addition, lab rat who were fed artifical sweetener food ate more than rat who consumed sugar-sweetened food. Therefore, they gain more weight than they would if they ate sugar.
In our class readings and in some of my research, I have found that letpin and ghrelin levels changes in sucrose, table sugar, and HFCS are similar. Those hormones are responsible for regulating appetite and hunger. When I said similar, I don't mean it in a good way. The researcher cites a report from the American Heart Association (AHA) that excessive sugar is dangerous and should be considered as a toxic substance. HFCS is much sweeter than sugar but contain less calories, therefore it could be beneficial to dieters. That is only if dieters can maintain the amount of food intake, then sweeteners can be effective in weight loss. Nevertheless, HFCS is hard to moderate because everything is made from it, such as soda, canned food, yogurt, etc. Most of us aren't aware of what we consume and how much we consume. We don't really ask if HFCS is dangerous until we read about them in class. There are readings that are for and against HFCS. I cannot conclude that sugar and HFCS should be considered as toxic ingredients. I think industries are to blame since they are the ones adding HFCS to a variety of food we eat daily. However, we, the consumers, are getting what we demand for, that are cheap and convenient foods to suit our lifestyle, like McDonalds. We should be aware of what food and how much we intake. We should also maintain a balance between diet and exercise, since lack of them contribute to obesity and other health issues. We should be responsible for our own actions and do what is necessary.
I have found an interesting video in regard to HFCS and want to share. I've learned many things about HFCS that I haven't learned before. I think it is worth watching.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yfIMbv_f0Q (Part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dukOVHLcrk0 (Part 2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2vARSdg7bw (Part 3)