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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!
Even athletes are consuming a lot through commercial sports drinks.
Given that high fructose corn syrup is a big contributor to 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 health food 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.
For some people, it is a big contributor to issues with canker sores.
Problems can sneak up on you too! My mother drinks 1-2 small bottles of quinine containing tonic water each day to avoid leg cramps at night. When she switched away from brands with HFCS to a stevia sweetened tonic water, she experienced a rapid reduction in joint and muscle pain from reduced inflammation.
Avoiding High Fructose Corn Syrup is Worth The Trouble
At least some people get it. The Earth Fare chain of health food stores doesn’t stock any product with HFCS.