In an effort to combat the obesity epidemic in the United States, there has been a lot of blame and bad press on an artificial sweetener called High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS for short). While it is not the only factor in our quickly enlarging physiques and detonating rates of diabetes, there is a correlation. However, HFCS, in general, is not poison and poses no additional health risk associated with using HFCS compared to other sweeteners. To better understand HFCS, we must first understand its origin. The effects of World War II drastically influenced the history and production of sugar, with limited supplies and increasing need the United States started rationing sugar.
But to give your body control over its use of energy, your cells cannot use glucose without insulin, a hormone secreted from the beta cells in the pancreas. Insulin helps the cells take in glucose and convert it to energy. The Sugar Busters Diet was founded on the idea that sugar, not fat, leads to obesity. Proponents believe that too much sugar consumption causes an increase in insulin, which can lead to weight gain. The diet is not necessarily a low-carb diet as it doesn’t eliminate carbohydrates.
The carbs in grains turn into glucose in our system, which is more likely to be stored and converted to fat. * Legumes. Legumes are prohibited for much the same reason as grains. They are high in carbs; therefore, they incur the same risks. This includes peanuts because they're legumes, not nuts.
In contrast, daily consumption in 1997 was estimated to have increased to 81 grams (nearly three ounces) per day. (Dana Flavin, 2012) All the information about the pros and cons of corn syrup can be very overwhelming. Some doctors say that having regular table sugar in your diet is better than the cheap corn syrup method. Since corn syrup is cheater to produce then table sugar, that’s why it goes into almost everything we eat. The U.S. put an import tariff on foreign sugar, raised the price of sucrose so high that corn had to be the main source in the U.S.
High-fructose corn syrup is a liquid sweetener that is used in many processed foods and drinks (White). It was first created in Japan and used in commercial food preparation in the late 1960s (Today). It is still used because it is cheaper than sugar and saves food producers money (High). The high-fructose corn syrup used in this experiment, HFCS-55, is the most common form and is manufactured from cornstarch which involves a process of combining 55% fructose molecules with 45% glucose molecules (High). The 20% sucrose solution used in this experiment was made using Domino pure cane sugar as the sucrose.
These simple carbohydrate is easily breakdown and it doesn’t give out the energy as much as the complex carbohydrate. Complex carbohydrate can be found it wheat, bread, potatoes, pasta and other starchy foods. This complex carbohydrate is take quite a long time to breakdown but it stay in the body longer than the simple carbohydrate. When the carbohydrate gets into the body, the enzyme in our mouth, stomach and intestine help rapidly break it down to simple sugars and glucose. Once the glucose absorb into the blood stream it will then give out the energy to the cells and muscles with the help of insulin, which allowed the glucose to be ready for immediate use.
Taste buds can recognize four basic kinds of tastes sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. The sweet taste buds are located towards the front of the tongue. The sour taste buds line the sides of your tongue; and the bitter taste buds are found at the very back of the tongue (Oracle Education Foundation, 2011). So…? The purpose of this lab is to ……………… It’s predicted that if monosaccharaides and disaccharides are tested for sweetness, then the disaccharide will be more senses it has more sugar bonds than a monosaccharide.
“Sugar substitutes” have become extremely popular for consumption in the U.S. diet; however, are these substitutes considered a truly healthy component of the diet? Why or why not? (Hint: You may need to search outside of the text for the answers.) 6. What is glycogen and what is its role in the body with regards to nutrition and energy?
By comparison, healthcare spending on obesity is already $147 billion” “Healthcare costs are 42% higher for someone who is obese – that’s over $1,400 each” (Oliver, Killer Facts, para. 2). Obesity and diabetes are on the rise costing continually more money meaning less for other things such as school food programs. If we spent more money on making healthy school lunches we would eventually save money on the cost of healthcare. If we put money into the right causes such as teaching children healthy habits we will cut down on obesity rates and save on future costs of healthcare and reform later
In 2002, statistics showed the annual sales of foods and beverages to young consumers were over $27 billion. The fast food industry spent $3 billion just in television ads alone. One question that can be debated is should parents be blamed for their obese child, and can it be considered child abuse or neglect? I say yes, although some people may not agree with me. Society may have a part in making the children obese, but it is solely the parents who fail to guide the children properly that make them obese.