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Lowering Coffee Intake and High Fructose Corn Syrup

So for about the past 2 weeks, maybe a bit longer, I’ve been bringing tea with me to work rather than coffee.  I did this for a couple of reasons.  The first reason for this ‘test’ if you will was because I had read somewhere that coffee boosts your adrenaline gland so you have adrenaline running through you while you have the caffeine.  I didn’t read much more than that, but it kind of stuck out in my head.  In addition to that I had heard other people say when they stopped drinking coffee they had more energy and got better sleep.  What’s not to like about that?

So I did it for a week straight.  Didn’t get any headaches or anything like that (my dad when he quit would get massive headaches).  I’ve had a few cups here and there, but I’ve noticed that after about half a cup it takes lake crap to me.  So I dump it out and move on.

We use those flavored creamers that came out a few years back (Coconut, Cinnabon etc).  And I’ll be the first to admit these flavors are probably why I drink coffee.  When you look at the ingredients on them you’ll notice on many the first ingredient is high fructose corn syrup.

As I’m still dealing with my weight, high blood pressure and getting healthy and all that crap, I’ve wondered what the affects of HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) was on the blood sugar.  Today I sat down and found this article: 5 Reasons High Fructose Corn Syrup Will Kill You

While it didn’t answer the blood sugar question I had originally sent out to answer it did lead me to something I hadn’t expected.

Furthermore, calorically sweetened beverages may enhance caloric over-consumption.”He states that HFCS is absorbed more rapidly than regular sugar and that it doesn’t stimulate insulin or leptin production. This prevents you from triggering the body’s signals for being full and may lead to over-consumption of total calories. He concludes by saying that:

In the past few weeks since I’ve been off of coffee I have noticed, a couple of times, that I’ve been full rather quickly (mainly at dinner time).  I wasn’t entirely sure why I was feeling full so quickly.  I Didn’t think anything of it until I read this.  I don’t know if that’s really the case or not, but it was just another strike against coffee for me.  There was one day last week where I was just constantly hungry and I have to wonder if it was a morning in which I had coffee.  I’m not sure, but I’ll keep an eye out for it.

Happy 2015 everyone!