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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. Elizatbeth Ken
    2:37 PM #comment-1

    I do not want the program to come in my email. Is it available in book form as shown in the video? (I asked this question once before, but was told my comment did not go through.)

  2. Cheryl Possinger
    2:46 PM #comment-2

    Informative, Josh thankyou! Wish labels explained more.. sad we have to read about themelseware to be informed… At least someone puts the information out there !

  3. wilma
    3:16 PM #comment-3

    hi, l have been using splenda and hermeteas for 30+ years plus diet mineral water and diet coke, know wonder l can,t get rid of belly fat, thankyou so much for your information. regards wilma

    • Mary Lewis
      11:35 PM #comment-4

      Thankyou for all of these helpful tidbits. I am a diabetic and have relied on articially flavored drinks for the past three years as well as using Splenda in my coffee for the past nine years that is probably one of the biggest culprits of my belly fat. Hopefully with all of this very help advise I will be able to accomplish the loss of it. Thanks again

  4. steven
    3:45 PM #comment-5

    it continues to amaze me that there are companies blatently lieing to us. “let the buyer beware” has never been more true. thank you for the timely reminder that what we put into our bodies is now and always be OUR OWN responsibility. as a business man, i find this conduct unconsionable. ( i am also working on my spelling. lol) thanks again.

  5. Terry
    3:48 PM #comment-6

    Great article, Josh! But you never did answer the question posed in your e-mail:
    Do Artificial Sweeteners CAUSE Belly Flab?

  6. kuljit
    3:49 PM #comment-7

    Hi josh, I am trying to loose 15lbs but nothing works. Just the other day I bought xylitol sweetner , the sales person told me it is the best. What u think i should use it or buy new erythritol. I need your help plz. I also workout and drink prograde protein as well. I always excited to read your articals. they are so much helpful. thank you josh. you r the best.

  7. Jeanne
    4:20 PM #comment-8

    Seems to me that anything you put into your body should be natural, and not some chemical manufactured in a lab.

  8. Sharon Howard
    4:25 PM #comment-9

    In the past I was using all the artificial sweetners, thinking I was doing my body a favor by not eating sugar, but found out a few months I was doing more damage than harm. Once reading my alternatives thru the Belly Fat Free book, I now use Sweet Leaf and enjoy every drop of my tea in the mornings. I am finding now my body does not crave all the sugars as I was in the past. I feel like I have better control. I just started 2 weeks ago with my life changing style. I am very satisfied.

  9. Dan
    5:05 PM #comment-10

    Great article. Where does Splenda fit in the picture? You know once you cut out all the sweetners and just eat and drink natural, sometimes hard to do, we would all be better off.

  10. Alesha Bain
    5:57 PM #comment-11

    I know that over the past couple of weeks I have cut out the artificial sweeteners from my coffee and tea and I have lost about 4 lbs with no other dietary changes or increase in my workouts. Thank you for the great article.

  11. Connie Lyle
    6:13 PM #comment-12

    You are always so full of information and very helpful. Thanks for your guidance.

  12. susan best
    6:36 PM #comment-13

    I was aware that High Fructose Corn Syrup was bad for you and use stevia generally as an alternative for sugar. How do you feel about Splenda and Nutrasweet?

  13. Jason
    6:56 PM #comment-14

    Just stick with organic and you will definitely avoid HFCS. I like to use stevia (brand name Stevita) in my iced organic green tea. I’ll brew a half gallon at a time, and therefore always have green tea in the refrigerator during the warmer months. I drink it hot during the winter.

  14. Karlyn
    7:14 PM #comment-15

    Very good information. I do not drink diet soda. Never have liked it. I do drink regular soda. I figure why drink the stuff that I do not like and that is not good for you, if i am going to drink soda, it has to be the good stuff. I need to get off of it. I did go off of it about 5 yrs ago, and lost weight. And than started drinking it again. I am having a really hard time going off of it this time. I can not believe how someone can get addictaded to sugar. I used to smoke also, and quit cold turkey, why is this so hard…. sugar….. Hopefully I will conquer it.

  15. Jan
    7:29 PM #comment-16

    Thanks this is just what I needed to know. I have been using Australian made sugar alternatives for 40 years. Some would have been chemical based but I don’t believe Australian companies use Fructose Corn Syrup. One of ours is made from Milk Sugar.

  16. debi soukup
    8:01 PM #comment-17

    I use stevia and love it. It took a while to find out about it, but I feel better about using that instead of an artificial sweetener.

  17. Brenda
    8:07 PM #comment-18

    I appreciate your article. I will look for these products next time I shop.

  18. Chris
    9:07 PM #comment-19

    I have improved my fitness and health drastically by removing HFCS in all it’s forms from my diet. As a general rule, I stay away from anything sweet, natural or artificial, unless it is cheat day.

  19. angie
    3:25 AM #comment-20

    i love diet coke. when i was a smoker i lived on diet coke and cigarettes!! (i had a flat stomach) quit smoking and diet coke, put on 10 kgs!! (no flat stomach! 😉 can’t really say i have much of an opinion on artificial sweetners, but a free anti wrinkle cream would be great!! 😉

  20. Bonnie
    4:36 AM #comment-21

    I am surprised that organic agave nectar was not included among your natural sweetners

  21. Judi Szyszka
    5:34 AM #comment-22

    I have been using Splenda for quite a few years and have not had any problems with it. Other sweetners at the time Splenda came out made me ill. I never drink diet pop as the artificial sweetening makes me dizzy with an bad-all-over feeling. You didn’t mention Splenda in your article. I hope there was not a “good” reason for this! Thanks for the many helpful articles.

  22. John
    6:07 AM #comment-23

    Thank you for explaining that simply and effectively.

  23. Christine
    6:28 AM #comment-24

    Great article! Have you ever heard of Whey Low products? Check them out and let me know what you think of these as sweeteners – as far as ingredients! Thanks!

  24. Deborah
    6:42 AM #comment-25

    I really want to thank you for your info on artificial sweeteners. I don’t like putting fake stuff in my body, so I don’t eat or drink sugar free stuff. I was happy to see the natural sweeteners that you
    showed in the article. I will watch for them and try it.

  25. Carola Murray
    8:10 AM #comment-26

    I like your article and all that great information. We switched to Stevia last year from Splenda. However my husband, who has plenty of bellyfat, was addicted to brown sugar, does not like the taste of Stevia. Last week I bought Organic Blue Agave which we like. What do you think of that sweetener?

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