Health + Infertility: Part Five: Fructose Corn Syrup

If you have been following this blog for a while now, you know I am a health nut (and workout addict, but that is never posted about). I know ‘healthy’ is a very relative term, but to me it means avoiding anything processed, only eating what is natural and fresh, and avoiding chemicals or anything that causes harm to our bodies.

I have made four posts about how chemicals affect our health and specifically infertility:

Part One: BPA
Part Two: Triclosan
Part Three: Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Part Four: Fragrance

Today, I want to share about High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), which I realize is not a chemical, but is still detrimental to our health. HFCS is a sweetener used in processed foods. It is made from a complex process that turns glucose from corn syrups into fructose. The processed fructose can only be broken down by your liver and causes cellular inflammation and damage to the body. HFCS is known to cause obesity, insulin resistance, and mineral deficiency, and lots of other health problems.

Anytime you see HFCS on a label, the label is screaming that the food is made up of poor quality ingredients. If HFCS is in a food, it guarantees the food is also full of other artificial ingredients that have no nutritional value to your body. Manufactures love HFCS because it is less expensive than all other sweeteners.

The short way to summarize HFCS is to stay away.

So what does this have to do with infertility? When a person eats HFCS it spikes their blood sugar which increases the insulin in the body. When HFCS is digested the sugar effects how the brain and hormones function. Anything that alters how your hormones respond, alters your fertility too. Studies have also shown an alteration of sperm due to poor diet and HFCS. Because most of the time, like mentioned earlier, it is not just HFCS that is the problem, it’s other artificial ingredients too. All these ingredients negatively impact your hormones.

Is your health and future important to you? Start eating healthy now. Not only will it increase your fertility, but what you eat will also impact your baby while you are pregnant, and your health later on. Take your diet seriously. And, whatever you do avoid HFCS!

Why is High Fructose Corn Syrup Bad

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22 Comments
  • Elisha
    Posted at 08:07h, 10 September Reply

    I try to watch how much HFCS I consume but I’m guilty of not cutting it all out :/

  • Ursula
    Posted at 09:26h, 10 September Reply

    Such an interesting post Caroline. To be honest I have never looked into HFCS but I knew it should be avoided. Now I’ll be making more of a conscious effort to avoid that stuff

  • Sheryl
    Posted at 09:46h, 10 September Reply

    Such a great reminder. I’ve tried to eliminate it from our pantry completely and can tell the difference when I east something with HFCS.

  • Kara
    Posted at 10:31h, 10 September Reply

    wow! I need to start checking labels for that! I never think about it :/

  • Mia @ MakeMeUpMia
    Posted at 10:32h, 10 September Reply

    Thank you for sharing this info, this is something I’ve learned more about over the last year, it’s scary!

  • Katie
    Posted at 11:37h, 10 September Reply

    I definitely make sure I don’t buy anything with hfcs in it but it’s so hard when we go out to eat or go over to someone’s house for dinner. You never know what you’re eating! It’s scary but super helpful to know what we’re putting into our bodies… Especially things that can cause such problems! Thanksfor writing this! 🙂

  • Alexis
    Posted at 11:37h, 10 September Reply

    I once watched a documentary called King Corn. In it, the guys decided to learn more about the uses of corn (since most of the corn grown in this country is actually inedible) and so they made their own batch of HFCS. They said that if they touched the mixture it would burn their skin off! And yet we put that in our food! It’s just crazy! Food made with REAL ingredients is so much better tasting anyways. I avoid that stuff like the plague.

  • Tiffany @ A Touch of Grace
    Posted at 12:30h, 10 September Reply

    We avoid HFCS like the plague in our house. Just grosses me out to think about it. Thanks for sharing Caroline!

  • Elena
    Posted at 13:05h, 10 September Reply

    I have been trying to really watch for things like this in my food and drink lately. I really like to see Stevia or Erythritol for sweetners nothing artificial like aspartame!! That stuff is the devil! You are such an inspiration, I wish I could take my health to the level that you have, got a long way to go, but I’m trying!

  • Susannah
    Posted at 13:40h, 10 September Reply

    Really, no one should be ingesting HFCS but it’s in EVERYTHING!!! It’s so dumb that such bad stuff is in our food. I’m glad you’re staying away from it!

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 14:28h, 10 September Reply

    SO glad that you have shared this!! I was SHOCKED when I started reading and learning about this a couple of years ago! So happy that you are sharing to get the word out!
    🙂 Rebecca

  • Jojo
    Posted at 15:25h, 10 September Reply

    Wow. I just read a last of foods, snacks, drinks that contain hfcs and my jaw dropped. I don’t necessarily consume these but i know my husband does. Need to make him stop.

  • Melissa
    Posted at 19:50h, 10 September Reply

    I have cut out processed foods for the most part and DEFINITELY HFCS! It’s so nasty. I was addicted to coca-cola for forever, but finally cut it out & am not drinking it again! Whenever i start craving it, i try to picture myself drinking corn syrup straight! B/c that’s the main ingredient of coke!! Gross!

  • Charity
    Posted at 21:32h, 10 September Reply

    Such a sneaky ingredient. It seems to be in just about everything!! Thanks for spreading the word about this.

  • Beka
    Posted at 22:55h, 10 September Reply

    agreed! I try to stay away from those but I’m sure I consume them at times. I use honey or raw sugar. I think it is annoying that so many companies put this in so. much. food.!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 05:57h, 11 September Reply

    Thanks for keeping us informed! This one is in a lot of stuff, so you have to be careful.

  • C
    Posted at 08:41h, 11 September Reply

    Very informative! I too try and avoid HFCS but it is in pretty much everything! There are so many chemicals in our foods, I am convinced that plays a part in many of our medical issues.

  • Jaelan @ Making Mrs. M
    Posted at 10:30h, 11 September Reply

    How interesting. I knew to avoid HFCS but I never thought it may affect fertility. Thanks for the insight!

  • Emily @ EatLoveProcreate
    Posted at 12:08h, 11 September Reply

    JFCS is the absolute devil. No place in this casa mamacita! Thanks for educating the masses as always! 🙂

  • jennifer prod
    Posted at 15:53h, 11 September Reply

    i’ve been seeing more and more warnings about HFCS, but i honestly never knew why i should be worried, and now i know. lemme see how long i can avoid it (i eat pretty healthy usually, but it’ll be interesting to see how many foods its lurking in!)

  • Jessica
    Posted at 08:58h, 29 April Reply

    In regards to your other 4 things to avoid: what brand(s) of cosmetics and tolietry items do you use and where do you purchase them?

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