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Smart researchers, however,
have found that the main problem with HFCS is not that it changes your metabolism. It's that we eat too much of it.
A new small study may answer that: 15 people
got just glucose, and 17 people got just fructose for 25% of their
calories for 10 weeks. Naturally, both groups gained weight.
But the people getting fructose had more belly fat, less
insulin sensitivity, higher blood sugars, higher insulin levels, more oxidized cholesterol.
What does all this science mean?
Less insulin sensitivity and higher insulin levels mean
greater fat storage. Around the middle. Where you don’t want it.
Fat around your middle is another organ. It’s not just a
spare tire. It makes hormones. And the hormones it makes make you hold on to
How can you avoid eating HFCS?
Eat for flavor and health! They’re the same.
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