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Jun 10, 2010

High Fructose Corn Syrup has been labeled as the "Silent Killer" as more and more studies come out regarding the health effects of consuming this additive. Your health can greatly improve by reducing your intake of HFCS and you can reduce the chances of developing diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and of course obesity.

According to HealthMad, "Since HFCS’s widespread introduction in the 1980’s North American obesity rates have skyrocketed. Obesity has been linked to may heath issues including heart disease and many forms of cancer. When HFCS is ingested, it travels straight to the liver which turns the sugary liquid into fat, and unlike other carbohydrates HFCS does not cause the pancreas to produce insulin; which acts as a hunger quenching signal to the brain. So we get stuck in a vicious cycle, eating food that gets immediately stored as fat and never feeling full."

In addition, HFCS is derived from corn that most likely was genetically modified and there have been many health claims in recent years about consuming GMO crops.

But is HFCS really that predominate in our diets, you may ask? I should be fine if I just avoid sodas, most people say. Yes, soda is the main culprit of HFCS with over 13g of sugar per 12oz can, with most of it fructose from HFCS (diet sodas aren't any better). Yet, HFCS is in fact EVERYWHERE we turn these days with the average American eats an astounding 41.5 lbs of high fructose corn syrup per year. From Kelloggs to Nutrigrain to Dreyers to Yoplait to Robitussin, a vast majority of brand name food products contain HFCS.

Here is a list of products containing HFCS: http://www.accidentalhedonist.com/index.php/2005/06/09/foods_and_products_containing_high_fruct

Biggest Products Containing HFCS (in no particular order):
Yogurt
Bread
Chips, Crackers
Cookies
Breakfast Cereal
Many Juices
Salad Dressings
"Nutrition" Bars
Ice Cream

So we now know why to avoid HFCS and the multitude of products that contain it, so how can one possible avoid eating it?
1. The first way is to make sure to read your labels when grocery shopping. Try to avoid any and all products that list HFCS, but especially those that list it as one of the top 5 ingredients, as labels list their ingredients in order of percentage.
2. Another simple way is to cook your own food. If you use raw food products, rather than choosing meals that come from a box you know exactly what is in your food.
3. Skip the fast food, as the majority of these foods contain HFCS. See the list: http://www.foodfacts.info/high-fructose-corn-syrup.shtml
4. Don't be fooled by products claiming "all natural" as they may still contain HFCS. And only products labeled 100% organic can be assumed to be HFCS free.
5. Pass on the sweet bottled beverages!

The USDA recommends that a person with a 2000 calorie, balanced diet should consume no more than 32 g (8 tsp) of added sugar per day.[16] Here are some sweet foods and the percentage of the daily recommended amount of sweeteners they provide:[13]

* typical cup of fruit yogurt - 70%
* cup of regular ice cream - 60%
* 12-ounce Pepsi - 103%
* Hostess Lemon Fruit Pie - 115%
* serving of Kellogg's Marshmallow Blasted Froot Loops - 40%
* quarter-cup of pancake syrup - 103%
* Cinnabon - 123%
* large McDonald's Shake - 120%
* large Mr. Misty Slush at Dairy Queen - 280%
* Burger King's Cini-minis with icing - 95%

Reducing HFCS will not always be easy, but the health benefits are well worth it. You will feel stronger and more vital, it will lift your mood and give you increased concentration. Limiting your intake of HFCS will not only shrink your midsection but also do wonders for your over all health.

written by KLM

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Corn Refiners Association (0)
Monday June 21, 2010, 12:48 pm
High fructose corn syrup is simply a kind of corn sugar. It has the same number of calories as sugar and is handled the same by the body.

The American Medical Association stated that, “Because the composition of high fructose corn syrup and sucrose are so similar, particularly on absorption by the body, it appears unlikely that high fructose corn syrup contributes more to obesity or other conditions than sucrose.”
http://www.ama-assn.org/ama1/pub/upload/mm/443/csaph3a08-summary.pdf

According to the American Dietetic Association, “high fructose corn syrup…is nutritionally equivalent to sucrose. Once absorbed into the blood stream, the two sweeteners are indistinguishable.”

As many dietitians agree, all sugars should be consumed in moderation as part of a balanced lifestyle.

Consumers can see the latest research and learn more about high fructose corn syrup at www.SweetSurprise.com.

Audrae Erickson
President
Corn Refiners Association

Michael Creadon (0)
Tuesday August 10, 2010, 5:28 am
@ Audrae E. You are quoting info from a site that wants to promote people consuming HFCS. I highly doubt the information on that site has any bit of truth, or has the consumers best interest at heart. That's like asking a drug dealer if drugs are bad for you. You really think they would bad mouth their own product?

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