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High Fructose Corn Syrup: That Sweet, Sweet Bully

So, as the commercial encourages you to “get the facts,” I felt obliged to offer up a crib sheet for those of us adverse to consuming high-fructose corn syrup, but unable to deliver a snappy rationale when pressed. Feel free to print this out and carry it around in your wallet, purse, or along with your medic-alert bracelet.

Facts: High-fructose corn syrup is a sweetener produced by processing cornstarch to yield glucose, and then processing the glucose to produce a high percentage of fructose. It is primarily used as a preservative and sweetener in a multitude of food products. You should avoid it because of the following:

1. High-fructose corn syrup has been linked directly to obesity, diabetes and metabolic dysfunction.
2. High-fructose corn syrup elevates triglycerides levels, which can lead to heart disease.
3. High-fructose corn syrup is simply empty calories with no nutritional value whatsoever.
4. The environmental footprint of high-fructose corn syrup is exceedingly large.
5. High-fructose corn syrup is the hellion child of the corn lobby’s satanic forces.

OK, so the fifth one might not be totally accurate, but it does drive the point home. And for extra credit you could mention that consuming high-fructose corn syrup in moderation is becoming near impossible, seeing as nearly everything from sliced bread to salad dressing now proudly contains the ubiquitous ingredient.

I encourage everyone to get the facts, stay vigilant, and don’t hang out with people (or lobbyists) willing to bully you into eating highly processed sweeteners.

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4 Reasons to Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.

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5:00AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

8:45AM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/end-corn-subsidies/2Vdg7rdL

2:41AM PDT on Sep 24, 2012

Thanks

4:07PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

This is so widely used, and so many people don't even realize HFCS is in what they are eating or drinking. Maybe a petition on this would do some good.
Thanks.

4:59PM 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/

4:59PM 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/

6:25PM 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)

8:21PM PST on Dec 11, 2010

Propaganda to eat toxins? What insanity is this?!

9:36AM PST on Nov 26, 2010

GO VEGAN !!!!!

10:54AM PDT on Aug 11, 2010

I have been aware of the EVILS of HFCS for awhile...it takes forever to shop for food but I feel that its worth it to eat a healthier diet. I have also noticed some breads and cereals are making it a point to say on their label.....no HFCS or TRANS FATS...this is helpful! MJBerling

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