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4 Reasons to Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup

Our Advice: Skip the High Fructose Corn Syrup

Luckily, we have a lot more options when it comes to avoiding this frightening ingredient. The Corn Refiners Association wouldn’t spend $30 million on advertisements if they didn’t feel threatened and that’s because more and more alternatives are becoming available. Read labels on every processed food that you buy. Stores like Whole Foods and Earth Fare carry tons of foods without it.

Make Your Own Snack Foods

Also consider making your own snack foods instead of buying the prepackaged variety. This way you can control your ingredients and use safer sweeteners. You can also save some major dough and reduce the amount of packaging that your family throws away.

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4:38PM PDT on Aug 3, 2012

I am convinced.

5:02PM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

Petition to global corporate food manufacturer, Rich's Foods to remove HFCS/GMOs from their foods! http://www.thepetitionsite.com/667/776/825/please-stop-using-high-fructose-corn-syrup-corn-sugar-gmos-in-your-products/

6:26PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

YOU DON'T THINK ANY OF THESE 3 AGENCIES KNOW OF THIS,FDA ,EPA ,USDA? JUST SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT (o_O)

4:24PM PST on Nov 18, 2011

ban hfcs

12:55AM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

I can tell a positive difference in my body and energy levels since I started reading labels carefully of all foods I buy, and avoiding high fructose corn syrup. The "scientific" rebuttal that HFCS is no more harmful than other sugars is based on a belief system that science can prove what is or isn't healthy. If it's not based on nature, then it's less likely to be healthy for us. Honey, for example is a natural sweetener...

6:26AM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

Not a fan. Noted with thanks.

2:40PM PST on Dec 27, 2010

3 years that i know about it. If I could altogether not it any food containing corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup, I would. I would have to eat only organic or natural food. I eat both natural and junk, or processed, prepackaged food...

5:40PM PST on Dec 18, 2010

Wow, so why is it even allowed for consumption, especially in countries with high obesity rates??

4:38PM PST on Dec 16, 2010

My body does not like corn syrup. I can drink a soda with sugar just fine, but one with corn syrup makes me incredibly thirsty and I end up chugging water until I'm ill. And then I'm still thirsty. That can't be right.

2:28PM PST on Dec 16, 2010

Yuck! I definitely try to stay away; now I will even more so after reading this!

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