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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #45: High Fructose Corn Syrup

Thirteen Things about High Fructose Corn Syrup

Ever since I watched a program on the Discovery Channel or someplace similar about High Fructose Corn Syrup, I've become uber paranoid about the stuff. It's SO bad for you. As I've tried helping my family eat healthier, I've realized that this stuff is just as bad as, if not worse (and I vote for worse) than the whole trans-fat deal. When will we learn to stop messing with our food?

Oh. Right. Not supposed to rant. Must. List.

1. HFCS is made using fungus, fermentation, and chemicals in conjunction with corn. Doesn't that just sound yummy?
2. HFCS has been shown to speed up disease and disrupt the body's natural processes in lab tests with rats.
3. I have a hard time finding pickles made without HFCS... oddly enough, when I used to can with my grandma, we never put HFCS in them.
4. The manufacture of HFCS increases pollution and uses more energy than natural sweeteners.
5. HFCS is entirely man-made. There is nothing natural about it.
6. I was eating KFC tonight (yes, I know, bad health choice) and on the label for the HONEY, the primary ingredient was HFCS. What's wrong with regular honey?
7. Preliminary evidence links HFCS to cancer.
8. HFCS affects hormonal production.
9. Dr. Pepper made with sugar tastes better than Dr. Pepper made with HFCS, but is only available from certain distributors (mostly in Texas).
10. HFCS is cheaper than sugar. (But is it worth it?)
11. This is not an all-inclusive list, but here's a link to a list of foods with HFCS.
12. Have you seen the Juicy Juice commercial where they show the parents giving their kids a glop of HFCS? That glop is in a lot of what we eat and drink.
13. Many natural food markets will not carry products with HFCS, but some do have it, so it's important to read the labels.

A list wasn't as satisfying as a vent, so I think I'll vent about it again one of these days.

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Cecily R said...

This list means the bulk of my food consumption is bad...CRAP!

Seriously though, your list makes me feel all skeevie about the stuff now. Great. :)

Zenmomma said...

Aw man, now I'm going to have to compulsively read food labels again. yuck!

Kay Day said...

Also, most corn these days, except organic, is GMO. So your corn syrup is GMO, too.

Anonymous said...

*sigh* One ore thing to have to be vigilant about when shopping and cooking. It's even in some BREAD! Grrr.

Anonymous said...

I've been a fanatic about cutting hydrogenated (and partially hydrogenated)food from my diet. After some research (and your blog), I'm about to do the same for HFCS (most of which, I've been cutting anyway).
Really, if we knew half of what we ate, I think we'd all be farming again.

Denise Patrick said...

Well. . .just well! I don't wanna give up my sweets, so I guess it's back to plain ol' sugar!

Thanks for the informative post.

Happy TT!

Ivanhoe said...

I had no idea. I will watch out for it on the labels from now on. Happy TT!

Danica Favorite said...

Sorry to ruin everyone's dinner with my doom and gloom... but ICK! It really bugs me to find out all the crap they're putting in our food!

The worst part is, there's no escape. Tonight, I desperately needed ice cream. It's one of those days. I walked to the store, and do you think I could find any without the crap? Nope.

Sooo... I went ahead and got some. I figure, you can't avoid it all, but I'm sure going to try!

She Became a Butterfly said...

yikes! i knew it couldn't be good for me, but wow -- that's pretty bad! thanks for sharing.

Melanie said...

Ew! Very informative list..I have become a label checker.

Anonymous said...

I saw a commercial on TV last night (October 22) on behalf of The Corn Bureau (or something similar) all about how harmless HFCS is, and how only fools avoid it.

Danica Favorite said...

Yeah, aren't those commercials disgusting? It's like a political ad... see, we're not so bad, vote for us. *gags*