What is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)?

Only the most evil ingredient next to trans fat to enter our food and so many of them. Manufacturers are always finding cheaper ways to produce foods unfortunately it’s usually to the detriment of our health. HFCS is no different. “High-fructose corn syrup is produced by milling corn to produce corn starch, then processing that starch to yield corn syrup, which is almost entirely glucose, and then adding enzymes that change some of the glucose into fructose.”

So what foods have HFCS?

Many of our everyday food that we eat and give our children have HFCS in it, from breads, cereals, condiments, to yogurts and so much more. Because it’s used to save money, you’ll find HFCS in generic brands more.

List:

  • Breads, the one I get that doesn’t have HFCS is Orro Wheat brand.
  • Rolls, I get the Hawaiian Rolls to avoid HFCS (and they are so good!)
  • Yogurts, including Yoplait however Dannon does not.
  • Relish, could not find a brand that didn’t have it in there.
  • Ketchup, yep gotta spend the extra money on Simply Heinz.
  • Croutons, Texas Toast ones do not but better yet, make them yourself!
  • Sodas, of course.
  • Granola Bars, Nature’s Valley plain and PB do not.
  • Cereal, almost all of Kelloggs
  • Capri Sun
  • Prepackaged sides like rice, pasta, stuffing
  • Candy bars, cookies, cake mixes, ice cream
  • Jams and jellies
  • Cough syrups
  • Crackers
  • Salad dressings, BBQ sauce
  • And so much more

This is one of the ingredients that led me to start making more from scratch and canning. It’s healthier and saves money.

Sources: http://www.accidentalhedonist.com/index.php/2005/06/09/foods_and_products_containing_high_fruct

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-fructose_corn_syrup

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