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High Fructose Corn Syrup what is it?

According  to wikipedia High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)—also called Glucose-Fructose in Canada, Isoglucose, Glucose-Fructose Syrup or Fructose-Glucose Syrup in Europe and High Fructose Maize Syrup in some other countries. It comprises any of a group of corn syrups that have undergone enzymatic processing to convert some of its glucose into fructose to produce a desired sweetness. Because of its low price compared to sugar (because of our government supporting GMOs), HFCS is the primary sweetener used in processed foods and beverages in the United States.

In the United States HFCS is in practically everything.  Why? I don’t know maybe it tastes better NOT! You can find it in bread, salad dressing, soup, crackers, pizza, mac n cheese, yogurt, tomato sauce the list goes on.

There are several reasons to avoid HFCS:

  • HFCS comes from GM corn which we should all try to avoid because of the built-in bt-toxin and heavy use of herbicide.
  • A study by Princeton university showed that rats that had a diet of high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those who ate table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same. Some say this study is flawed but one of the people who claimed that, is now CEO of a large ad agency, and the other claim was responded to by the professor in charge Bart Hoebel, Princeton University. See that response on the Eating Well Blog.
  • It is not naturally occurring but is created in the manufacturing process.
  • Most food items that have it as an ingredient are heavily processed.
  • Its cheap, so foods are sweetened for no reason. Which results in more daily calories than needed taken in causing obesity, and chronic medical illnesses that are slowly killing us.

How do we avoid it? Well read your ingredients and subscribe to my blog! Just sign up in the upper right hand corner. I’m going to show my readers different ways to avoid GMOs and processed foods. We will try and tweak recipes, give shopping tips, and find local restaurants and farms that avoid them as well.



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