Thursday, March 09, 2006

High Fructose Corn Syrup

I am ever so sick of reading High Fructose Corn Syrup on every label. For you who aren't familiar with it go here to read how it is made. Even companies who cater to those who have figured out food additives are terrible are tying to hide it in their products by abbreviating it. Products that obviously have the dreaded chemical are: sodas, or as we say in the South cokes, jelly, hershey's chocolate syrup, syrups of the breakfast variety(not maple syrup), any of those non 100% fruit juice type drinks for children. Other supposively safe products have it now: Commercial yogurt, bread(even the Great Harvest Bread Company bread), baked beans, barbecue sauce, ketchup, corn syrup (no, you can't even buy regular corn syrup any more), and baby formula (not that I have ever used any).

I have been so vigilant that even my mother thinks I have gone overboard. I make our bread, our jelly, tomato sauce, grow our own vegetables and go to extremes to provide whole foods without preservatives and chemicals. Occasionally, and sometimes frequently, I want to buy foods that I have run out of and go to the local grocery store. Just last week I picked up a package of frozen cream corn. The product should have only one ingredient - corn. But, guess what? They have added high fructose corn syrup to Silver Queen Corn. I freeze corn almost every summer and I have yet found any reason to sweeten the corn. I didn't buy the corn.

No wonder the American public is overweight. There is hidden sweetener, that the body does not process well, in almost every commercially made processed food, even in "health foods". High Fructose Corn Syrup almost sounds like a natural product. Scary.

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