The “Secret” Ingredient That’s Making You Fat
July 18th, 2012 by Ingrid Macher
Even if you try to eat healthy…
Even if you make a conscious decision to stay away from junk food…
Even if you do everything right…
Chances are… you’re still eating something every day that is sabotaging your weight loss efforts.
It’s a hidden ingredient that is found in almost all of the foods we consume.
It’s in our bread, cereal, soft drinks, salad dressings, fruit juices, ketchup, jams, sauces, frozen dinners, ice cream…
If the food comes in a box, bag or bottle, chances are it’s loaded with this secret high-calorie carbohydrate.
And even though it goes under the radar… even though it’s hard to recognize, the truth is…
It’s Making Us Fat!
The ingredient I’m talking about is corn.
And whether or not we realize it, corn (and corn-based foods) makes up an incredible percentage of our daily food intake. You’re eating it every day, even if you never step foot down the vegetable aisle.
In some foods, it’s used as filler, in a cheap attempt to extend shelf life.
In other foods, it’s turned into a sweetener known as high-fructose corn syrup (just look on the back of the bottles, you’re almost guaranteed to see it). It’s an insulin-spiking simple carbohydrate similar to table sugar. And there’s no secret to the damage sugar does to our bodies.
When you consider how prevalent corn is in our food… it can end up adding hundreds of extra carbohydrates to our diets. And since most people already take in too many carbs, this only makes matters worse. It spikes their blood sugar and slows down their ability to burn fat for energy.
It’s No Wonder So Many People
Are Struggling With Their Weight!
You remember the old adage “you are what you eat?” Well, scientists have proven it to be true.
Todd Dawson, a plant biologist at the University of California-Berkeley, can tell how much corn is in your diet just by examining a strand of your hair!
Dawson says, “We are what we eat with respect to carbon, for sure. So if we eat a particular kind of food, and it has a particular kind of carbon in it, that’s recorded in us, in our tissues, in our hair, in our fingernails, in the muscles.”
And the findings are often eye-opening. Because corn is so common in the foods we eat, it’s typical that over 70% of the carbon found comes from corn.
But it’s not just processed food that’s affected. We already know the importance of avoiding these boxed junk foods. The fact that they’re loaded with corn sweeteners just gives us another
reason to stay away…
But even if you avoid processed food… even if you make the effort to stick to fresh whole foods, chances are, you’re still eating your fair share of corn each day.
See, its reach doesn’t just extend to boxed food…
Even the meat we eat contain high amounts of corn.
Like I said… you are what you eat. But guess what? That same mantra applies to the steak you have on the grill… or that chicken roasting in the oven. These livestock are kept in confined areas and raised on grain diets. The most common ingredient in their feed happens to be corn. So now, we’re ingesting corn even when we have beef or chicken.
While corn is cheaper for farmers to use, it lowers the quality of the meat.
Cows are meant to be raised on grass. It’s the reason they have four stomachs, so they can digest all the fiber it contains. Yet, they’re being fed grains instead.
Since they aren’t built for this, they have problems staying healthy and are regularly treated with harmful antibiotics that get passed on to us.
Grain-fed beef is also much lower in healthy omega-3 fats, which explains why so many people are deficient in these fatty acids. Omega-3 fats have shown to be beneficial to heart health and have been shown to maintain mental well-being (and we know how important a positive mindset is to weight loss!)
So what steps do we need to take to cut the corn out of our diets?
Well, a good start is to cut out all the processed food. The sodas, the fruit juices, the cakes, the cookies. Anything that contains high-fructose corn syrup should he kept to a minimum. Stick to real food like fresh fruits and vegetables.
And as for the meat, you want to buy organic grass-fed beef whenever possible. Sure, it’s a little bit more expensive, but the improved quality and impact it plays on your health more than outweighs the slightly higher cost. Plus, it’s free from those hidden carbs that widen our waistlines.
Taking these two steps will go a long way in cutting this hidden fat-causing culprit out of our lives.
So make sure you read your food labels…
Cut back on the junk and use that extra money for some quality grass-fed beef…
And if there are any foods you’re unsure of, feel free to ask me about it in the section below!