Friday, August 15, 2014

Where do you find High Fructose Corn Syrup anyway?

If you haven't heard about the dangers of eating/drinking high fructose corn syrup, its time to get informed. Just google it. This is the stuff that should be avoided at all cost -- it is the "stuff" found in sodas and fruit-flavored drinks.

If you haven't heard about the dangers of drinking sodas, get informed. It is common knowledge at this point that as the use of high-fructose corn syrup has increased, so has the level of obesity and all of the other chronic related diseases that go along with it. Even though there still isn't enough evidence suggesting that HFCS is any less healthy than other sweeteners, there is a definite link to being associated with type 2 diabetes and a host of other health problems.

The bottom line is if you are concerned about your health -- be smart and have less sugar.

As the following article points out, Hide and sweet: Surprising Places You'll Find High Fructose Corn Syrup, there are several surprising places where HFCS is found in food.

1) Honey: Honey is often "adulterated" with added sugars to make them more affordable...
2) Beer: "The Center for Science in the Public Interest reports that the list of acceptable ingredients
in beer ranges from fish bladder to beaver's anal gland to high fructose corn syrup."
3) Protein Bars: It is wise to check the back of the label before reaching for what you make think is 
healthy protein bar alternative. Many of these bars contain high fructose corn syrup -- many times more sugars than a candy bar! It sort of defeats the purpose of having a great workout, doesn't it?
4) Bread: Once again, reading the back of the label is so important. Somehow HFCS is "sneakily" added to many breads.
5) Tonic Water: I guess nothing is sacred! Tonic water contains 22 grams of sugar per 8-oz. serving and HFCS is the second ingredient used after water!
6) Mac n' Cheese: Although this food type is seen as being "savory", there still is a high level of HFCS added to it. Some other terms used for the bad stuff could be "corn syrup solids" or maltodextrin.

Here's another link describing what High Fructose Corn Syrup is by the Mayo Clinic

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