The So UnSweet Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup #AMCoffee

The Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup

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Just out of curiosity, I stopped by our local Publix grocery store to check the labels on the non-alchoholic drinks and beverages. What I was looking for? High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and added sugars and sweeteners. To my great surprise, I found NONE that a clean label with the ingredients that I feel confident to send my child to school and to enjoy myself. NONE, except one. WATER.

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Talking to my co-host Dr. Karen Vieira, we agree on the fact that High Fructose Corn Syrup is too prevalent in our food supply. It is not only Drinks and Beverages that are affected. The entire Food Industry used this Cheap and Affordable ingredient to drive the food costs down and send our bodies into the overload of sugars of all sorts.

High Fructose Corn Syrup is said to be safe by the food industry, but studies are showing otherwise.

Countries that use large amounts of high fructose corn syrup have higher rates of type 2 diabetes found in many studies (the 2012 study compared high fructose corn syrup consumption and and diabetes incidence for 43 countries.)

These studies aren’t new information though! In 1989 a study was published in Taiwan that showed the effects of high fructose corn syrup. The scientists found that high fructose corn syrup has a high glycemic index and isn’t suitable as a sweetener for packaged foods. So if it’s been known since the 80’s that it isn’t a suitable healthy sweetener, then why was it used? Well, it’s cheap and it’s safer than the cancer-causing artificial sweeteners like saccharin. But now we know that it’s causing diabetes, it doesn’t sound quite so attractive anymore.

So what can we do about it?

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  3. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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    High Fructose Corn Syrup Is Lurking Everywhere

    High fructose corn syrup is in everything it seems. Some common foods containing it are breads, ketchup, juices, soda, cereal, yogurt, salad dressing, cakes, pastries, candy and granola bars. Be on the lookout. Where have you seen high fructose corn syrup hiding out in your favorite foods?

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  5. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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    ONE HUGE REASON To Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup

    To reduce your risk for diabetes, avoid packaged foods that contain high fructose corn syrup. Read all labels before buying! If you already are pre-diabetic or diabetic, cut out the high fructose corn syrup completely now.

    Besides, High Fructose Corn Syrup is a great contributor to the chronic diseases like obesity, hypertension, heart diseases. We are what we eat. Little by little, that HFCS works puts more pounds around our waist and around our vital organs.

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    • well that is true we are what we eat i find that cooking and baking from scratch are the best way to avoid most of this but they do sneak in to some foods

    • Katrina Angele says:

      I just found a great new company through a twitter party that has a bunch of products without all that bad stuff. Perfect for diabetics.

    • I am very passionate about avoiding this ingredient.
      Here is a little fact Laura and gang…
      General Mills and most of what is umbrella under them….
      They have removed HFCS from their label and now label it FRUCTOSE. So do not be fooled and think that HFCS is not in the food.
      When I see a food list fructose I put it right back. Yes there is the okay fructose but these days you have no clue.

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    Read Those Labels

    Don’t just look at the front of the package to see if it says No High Fructose Corn Syrup. Of course, that’s a good way to know that the product you are about to buy doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup in it. But most products don’t have anything written on the front regarding that, so you can have to turn them over and read the ingredients to see if high fructose corn syrup is in that list.

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  9. Danielle S says:

    We stopped eating high fructose corn syrup in the early 90s. Why, because we found that it made my husband angry. Yes, withing a half hour my husband could be furious at anything. He realized this was happening to him, and he didn’t like it. We finally narrowed it down to HFCS. We just plain stopped it, and his anger issues went away.

    High fructose corn syrup is not a real sugar. Chemically, it looks like sugar, but it is in fact just a chemical soup of things that do not remotely look like sugar. If you read about how they make it, it will probably nauseate you. Also, if HFCS was so great, why isn’t it on the shelves for us to buy and use ourselves?

    We do made sure that when we buy sugar, it is cane sugar. Beet sugar comes from GMO beets and we don’t trust that. We also stay away from all artificial no-calorie sweetners as these are just chemical concoctions, too.

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