I had no idea how much garbage was in the food I ate before I began studying nutrition. From the preservatives, unnecessary sugars, carcinogens, dyes, flavors and chemicals, it didn’t phase me. But, a couple of weeks into my training something clicked…
The food I’m eating is slowly killing me.
One of the foods that struck a chord with me was high fructose corn syrup aka HFCS.
Why HFCS scares me:
It’s in everything
No nutritional value – empty calories. I don’t know about you, but I like to get the biggest bang for my meal buck, and HFCS doesn’t help the cause.
Inadequate source of nutrients and minerals – void of many of the essential amino acids
Causes a huge spike in blood sugar – leading to weight gain, blood sugar problems – hypoglycemia, diabetes
Increases chance of developing osteoporosis, tooth decay, anemia, and osteoarthritis
You’d be amazed at all of the places you can find HFCS: pies, cookies, candies, bread, marinated meats, lunch meat, sauces, cake frosting, salad dressings, cinnamon buns…
No, not cinnamon buns :(
One of my clients passed on these funnies by Dave Kellett that I just have to share with you. To give you some background, the FDA is currently deciding whether or not “high fructose corn syrup” can be renamed as “corn sugar” so that the public doesn’t see it as such a bad ingredient.
The thing is, it is bad. Coconut sugar, yacon syrup, stevia… these are good sugars. Corn syrup should not be viewed as a safe ingredient.
Whatever the outcome is, education will always be our strongest tool!
Thankfully the recipe I’m about to share with you is 100% corn free, loaded with the good stuff that’ll keep you full for hours, will help to balance your blood sugar, and even contribute to weight loss with all that darn coconut in there.
These are some serious muffins. They share a strong resemblance to cinnamon buns with an apple crisp type topping. They are fantastic sprinkled over ice cream, overnight oats, or a big bowl of morning smoothie! Inspired by: Alaina