At New Spring Chiropractic, we advocate for healthy options when it comes to your food choices. We want you to be informed so when you shop or eat you can make the best decisions for you and your family. We also know that with better nutrition, the benefits of our care will last longer because both lower the stress upon your body.
In recent months, it is likely that you have heard in one way or another about the debate between Sugar vs. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). These sweet ingredients are used in an endless number of foods, with HFCS gaining ground on sugar every day. But is there a reason behind the increased use, and is there a difference between the two?
Sugar comes from a cane plant and can come as either unrefined “Raw” or as white sugar. The “Raw” variety is the most natural form of sugar, while white sugar has been processed of important components and is lacking in comparison to the raw type. It is important to always choose the raw type when possible as it is safer and free of harmful chemicals. High Fructose Corn Syrup, on the other hand, is not a safe sweetener. You may be thinking, “But how could it be bad for me? It’s used in so many things I see in the grocery store”. I’m sorry if this comes as a surprise to you, but sugar and HFCS do not act on the body in the same way.
High Fructose Corn Syrup is bad for you for two main reasons. First, it is, “modified” and does not occurring naturally but is made in a laboratory. When HFCS is ate or drank, one has to work harder to process the chemical concoction, resulting in low-grade stress in the body. This stress, if repeated, say daily with a beverage containing added HFCS, could eventually wear down the body’s natural ability to remain healthy and result in a myriad of symptoms. Second, HFCS has been shown to contain mercury. Mercury is an extremely toxic substance to the body and can result in neurological problems. This is certainly not something you want in your body because mercury is not processed out of the body, but is stored.
So next time when considering which food or beverage to serve to your family, we suggest checking the ingredients label and think about the truth behind HFCS and it’s harmful effects.