... fructose in the HFCS, which sweetens our soft drinks and salad dressings, isn't seen by your brain as regular food. Because your brain doesn't see any of the fructose in the thousands of HFCS-containing foods as excess calories or as NPY [Neuropeptide Y] suppressants, your body wants to keep eating... That's a contributor to weight gain, since the fructose in HFCS doesn't turn off your hunger signals.
Now why is this relevant or a topic for the Black Mermaid blog? Well, only because I want to give you a warning to look after those fit and lithe bodies of yours. Being a food label reader from way back I am aware of how to read the ingredients list to determine how healthy or unhealthy a particular food is or, in fact, how it could impact on our body chemistry. Well, the other day I was in a supermarket and I found a new food item in the dried fruit section. I had just been to the gym and was a little peckish, so I decided to buy a small packet for myself. I broke all my rules and didn't read the label. I then ate about 50gm of wild blueberries, which one would think would be completely natural or at its worse, contain a preservative or a drying agent. A good workout usually suppresses my appetite, but this time it had the opposite effect and I became ravenous. When I eventually checked the label, the reason was clear. Here is a list of ingredients – Dried Blueberry (80%), Corn Syrup, Golden Syrup, Sugar, Citric Acid, Glycerol, Natural Flavour, Preservative (202). So much for "natural" products!!!
So ... all you Black Mermaid readers out there, take care of your health. Sometimes it's only the small things we do like checking labels that will impact most profoundly on our bodies.