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Josh Bezoni Complaints: The Truth About
High Fructose Corn Syrup

By Coach Josh Under General Health Tips, Josh Bezoni Complaints: The Obesity Conspiracy Exposed, Nutrition Tips

In this special article series titled Josh Bezoni Complaints: The Obesity Conspiracy Exposed, I explore one of the most frequently asked questions that I receive from my valued subscribers, “Coach Josh, what are some of your biggest complaints about the weight loss industry?”

Although high fructose corn syrup (called HFCS and “corn sugar”) may sound healthy (it is made from corn, after all), it actually is not. This dirt cheap, chemically-altered sweetener shuts down leptin, a fat-regulating hormone in your body that is responsible for sending “hunger signals” from your stomach to your brain.

Essentially leptin lets you know when you’re full. And when your brain doesn’t get the message, you keep eating and eating and eating while the manufacturers of high fructose corn syrup, and the products that contain it, keep making more and more and more money.

Here’s an example from a recent study. Test subjects were divided into two groups—one was given a glucose (sugar) beverage to add to their diet, while the other group was given a beverage containing high fructose corn syrup to add to their diets. While both test groups gained weight, the group consuming high fructose corn syrup packed on intra-abdominal fat (or belly fat).

Why is that so startling?

It’s because this particular kind of fat causes diabetes and heart disease. So, not only is high fructose corn syrup causing you to eat more than you should, it is literally putting your health at risk.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes 42 pounds of HFCS a year. That’s more than 75,000 empty calories that have no nutritional value! What’s more, teenagers are consuming 15 to 20 teaspoons of HFCS a day when they need to be eating nutrient-dense foods for growth and lifelong health. It’s no wonder that The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says that HFCS use increased by 4,000% between 1970 and 1990. The manufacturers of HFCS really are cashing in big… just like drug dealers… while America is adding belly fat at a very dangerous rate.

Speaking of a drug, have you ever indulged in a sweet dessert that just wouldn’t fill you up no matter how much you ate? One of those treats that you have no self-control over, like, oh, I don’t know… maybe soft drinks, fruit juices, energy drinks, ice cream, pudding, jellies, most “fat-free” foods, chocolate, crackers, cereals, syrups, candies, or desserts? If that’s the case, you may want to check out the food label. Chances are it contains a large amount of high fructose corn syrup.

And remember, on American food labels ingredients are listed in order of the most abundant to the least. So if, for example, you see HFCS listed anywhere in the first five ingredients, that’s not good. You’ll want to choose a version that doesn’t contain HFCS at all or, at the very least, has it listed further down on the ingredients listing.

Instead of HFCS, I recommend the new zero- or low-calorie sweeteners like truvia™, Z-Sweet®, and Sun Crystals™ that are made with natural sources, such as erythritol and stevia. You can find these at most grocery stores. These natural sweeteners can be used instead of sugar packets in your hot beverages, on oatmeal, and even in baked goods to some extent.

Erythritol is an all-natural, zero-calorie sweetener that is fermented from sugars and found naturally in many fruits and vegetables. It has no calories, no glycemic impact, and is only slightly sweeter than real sugar. It is also recognized as safe by the FDA.

Other sugar alcohols (such as xylitol or maltitol) frequently are blamed for side effects like gas and diarrhea when people overdo sugar-free treats. However, erythritol is absorbed before it reaches the large intestine, so it does not normally cause these digestive effects.

In the U.S., the granular form is marketed under the name Z-Sweet® and found in other natural sweeteners including Sun Crystals™ (which is a mixture of erythritol and raw cane sugar so it’s not zero-calorie) and truvia™ (which contains a mixture of erythritol and stevia).

Stevia rebaudiana is a leaf that first gained popularity in South America as a no-calorie, natural sweetener with a sweetness that is 30-45 times greater than that of table sugar. It’s been used all over the world for years as a safe, natural no-calorie sweetener.

After a long debate (which many people believe was due to the chemical sweetener industry trying to block it), it’s been approved for use in the United States. You can find stevia under the names PureVia™, SweetLeaf™, and mixed with erythritol in truvia™.

It’s important to remember that you should use all sugar alternatives, even natural ones, sparingly. Let your body learn that it doesn’t need sweets all the time to be satisfied, and you’ll be on the fast track to better health.

natural sweeteners

The products shown here are what I call natural sweeteners. They don’t contain any artificial ingredients.

bullet1 SweetLeaf is made from the stevia plant, a natural herb cultivated in the unique climates of South America.

bullet2Z Sweet is a zero calorie sweetener that won’t raise blood sugar levels which is a good thing if you are looking to lose belly fat.

bullet3Truvia contains erythritol and rebiana, the best tasting part of the Stevia leaf.

bullet4And finally, Sun Crystals is another natural sweetener that is made from raw cane sugar and erythritol. This is not a non-caloric sweetener but it does contain less than one gram of sugar per teaspoon compared to 4 g for regular sugar. By the way, erythritol is an all natural zero calorie sweetener that is fermented from sugars and found naturally in many vegetables and fruits. You should know there is another version of Sun Crystals that combines raw cane sugar and stevia—also a good choice.

I hope you got some benefit from this article. I sure enjoyed writing it for you.


Coach Josh


123 Comments Add yours

  1. Marcie
    10:38 AM #comment-1

    I have known for a long time that artificail sweetners arent’t good for me but after 20 years of consuming them I find them difficult to give up. I did give them up for about 3 months switching to sun crystals and trivia. I gave up my diet soda, which was one of the most diffcult and all my favorite “sugar free” treats but I noticed no diffence in my cravings, weight, energy, anything. So I started back to my old habits. I’m ready to give it a try again with your ideas such as replacing my soda with carbonated water and fruit juice. I also can’t wait to get the ingrediants to try you coffee drink. coffee is another major adiction for me. I used to drink it black but was unable to tolerate it durning one of my pregnacies and started using creamer and can’t seem to break that either. Maybe your recipe will help. The High Fructous thing is really difficult to get rid of though becuase it seems to be in EVERYTHING!

  2. E.Howard
    11:32 AM #comment-2

    My father&I are diabetic,I’m overweight&he isn’t!He drinks diet sodas&I drink mostly water/seltzer.He uses equal in his coffee,I put sugar in my tea! Our RX meds prices have risen since President Obama got approval of healthcare reform!I see why he got sooo much opposition to his original proposal!The AMA&ADA&pharmacuteral companies were putting there money making plans in effect!! They approve all the stuff that makes us sick&charge us a arm,leg&HEART to make us sicker!! Wonder why foreign countries don’t want OUR democracy!!

  3. Terry Geary
    1:02 PM #comment-3

    I started using diet drinks in 1988 after my first child was born and I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia. Regular cokes seemed to lower my blood sugar. I used it and eventually splenda until three years ago when I started reading more and more info on the hidden side effects of nutrasweet and had many digestive problems, headaches etc. As I slowed down using it I realized when I would try it again I would be starving for several days afterwards. The same effect happens when I occasionally have a drink with splenda or food with it in it. I use stevia when possible, try to buy items with cane sugar, or cane syrup instead of processed sugars. I try very hard to stay away from High fructose corn syrup and have taught my family to do the same. Thank you for these articles.

  4. ron s.
    10:25 PM #comment-4

    Hey Josh,

    Great bit of information you provided to us the readers like everyone i to am kinda of hooked
    with putting sweet n low sugars in my Oak Meal and my coffee. I have been using “Equal” for the longes time.
    I’ve made a note of the sweet n lows sweeteners your recommeding and I’ll try them out! Thank
    You again…

    Ron S.

  5. Yvonne Lapp
    10:34 PM #comment-5

    Aspartame increases my hunger ten fold. I try to drink a lot of fluids, and use Crystal Light in water. It makes me want to eat two-fisted and not stop. My experiences with the sugar alcohols (xylitol, mannitol, sorbitol, and maltilol have caused me extreme GI difficulties, ie: gas, bloating, diarrhea, cramping. Not very much fun when having to work with the public. Stevia has caused me no difficulties whatsoever. I have not tried Stevia in crystal form, just in liquid form. I will try some of these sweeteners to see what effect it has on me! Thank you!

  6. Irene
    2:28 AM #comment-6

    I bought a box with Stevia, in norway it is only allowed to sell it as food for animals lol!
    I’m not sure that a green plant that is made to a white powder is the best to use, so now I have bought my own stevia plants, and I’m drying the leaves on low temperature i my owen. Works great!

    What do you think about Frukto Oligo Sakkarider (FOS) -Yaconsirup

    Sucanat – Sugar Cane Natural

    Wholesome Sweeteners agavesirup

    All the best

  7. John
    2:56 AM #comment-7

    Does anyone know if any of these ‘natural sweeteners’ are available in the UK/Europe?

  8. Susan
    3:52 AM #comment-8

    I started a weight loss program awhile back and as part of that stopped using other artificial sweeteners and creamers and switched to truvia with a small amount of milk. I missed the creamers the most at first, but I noticed that I didn’t feel like I “needed” more than one cup like I did previously and I also no longer had heartburn after drinking it. Though I think the lack of heartburn was just as likely from eating less as nixing the articficial sweeteners! I haven’t missed it and truvia has become an easy alternative. I carry a few packets in a baggie in my purse so that I always have MY preference with me when I’m away from home!

  9. mary coyne
    7:34 AM #comment-9

    I agree that sweetners that you mentioned are not good for you and we have started using the sun crystals. I do beleive that they do tend to make you want more sweet things. As the previous person commented that high fructous seems to be in everything so we really watch for it. We apopreciate your comments on health issure. Belly fat is a very difficult thing to get rid of. Keep up the good work. Mary Coyne

  10. Lois
    7:57 AM #comment-10

    Hi Josh
    I am truly a Sugar Feaster! and habe been all my life. and my health shows it!
    I am trying really hard to break some very BAD Habits…I do – now use Stevia/ and Truvia
    I like Truvia Brand the best! Any Suggestions to help break me would be appreciated!

  11. Brian
    5:04 PM #comment-11

    what about honey?

  12. Cheryl McDaniel
    10:04 AM #comment-12

    Hi Josh, I’m trying to stay positive and though you say in your book to NOT look at the scales I have to, I’ve been on this for 8 days but have only lost 1 pnd, however my clothes don’t feel as tight so I should probably not pay attention to the scales right now. I’m a 50 yr old woman that was thin up until about 5 yrs ago. With depression (lost my mom and dad within 10 wks of each other) and then diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, my weight just really went crazy and I gained 50 pnds!! I’ve tried so many things (within reason) to lose this weight, I can do some small exercises but nothing that will strain my muscles or I’ll end up being in bed or sitting on heating pad the next day. Anyway, just want to say thankyou for all your updates and positive emails, they really help to encourage positive results eventually.

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  18. maddisonwhitty
    1:33 AM #comment-18

    Thanks soo much for all the help you are giving people in belly fat and all the advice on what to eat and what not to I’ve lost about 45 pounds now and am still going kind of hit a plateau now so am plugging along.

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