What Gives with the High Fructose Corn Syrup?

by Sarah Healthy LivingNo Comments

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been traveling up and down the East Coast. The relative inability to procure quality food while on the road gave me an excellent opportunity to check out how “regular American fare” has changed over the past couple of years (or in this case, hasn’t changed at all!). Despite the growing number of people who recognize that high fructose corn syrup is 100% bad for you and causes all manner of deadly inflammation throughout the body, I was shocked at how regular processed foods still contain large quantities of this deadly, cheap sweetener. High fructose corn syrup is literally everywhere! It’s in basically all nonorganic condiments, breakfast bars, cookies, crackers etc. It’s also in fruit juices geared toward children and babies! Given that high fructose corn syrup is the single biggest reason for the large, protruding American belly that plagues over 80% of our over age 25 adult population and the exploding levels of childhood obesity, it is shocking that more people are not shunning this ingredient and falling all over themselves to get to the healthfood store where quality products can be found without corn syrup of any kind in the ingredients list. Forget the crunches, sit ups, and Pilates core work. It is extremely difficult to get rid of that belly if one consumes this ingredient with any regularity.

Maybe on next year’s vacation I will finally see this ingredient start to disappear from the ingredients list of processed foods. In the meantime, make sure you protect yourself and your family and clean out your pantry of any food that contains high fructose corn syrup. There is simply no excuse for this ingredient to EVER be included in a processed food and the amount of extra money you spend at the healthfood store to buy healthy alternative products will be returned to you many times over with much reduced inflammation and insulin resistance that is the calling card of high fructose corn syrup.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

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