The dangers of High-Fructose Corn Syrup

I’ve blogged about the damage caused by US food subsidies before, and have also mentioned my dislike of the prvelance of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). Here is the best summary I’ve seen to date on the topic and why HFCS is likely to cause our children’s generation to have a SHORTER life expectancy than ours (when ours is already lower than that of other developed nations!).

In summary, HFCS is twice as sweet as table sugar, encourages your liver to release fat into the bloodstream, and tricks you into feeling more hungry than you actually are. Sounds like a recipe for obesity, doesn’t it? Avoiding it is harder than you think–most processed food has it because, hey, it’s cheaper than imported beet or cane sugar. Even non-dessert items like bread, cereal, yogurt, and kethcup have it and one cola has more than your entire day’s allowance of sugar.

Until America’s Neanderthal food regulations catch up with what modern science/medicine and ban or at least regulate the inclusion of HFCS into foodstuffs (especially those marketed to children, hint, hint!), you might do well to read the label and avoid HFCS.

2 thoughts on “The dangers of High-Fructose Corn Syrup

  1. Thanks for the links–I will definitely check them out!

    You know, I come from Indiana originally, and it certainly is the land of corn and soybeans. So I feel a wee bit sheepish in my quest against HFCS and over-processed soy. However, I’d like to say for the record that the changes myself and others much more knowledgeable than me–like Michael Pollan–are suggesting would make life better for farmers, not worse!

    Just had to get that off my chest!

  2. Hi,
    I picked up your article with my google “HFCS” alert. You’re right
    HFCS has invaded our food supply. Courtesy of the Corn Refiners
    Assoc., go to http://www.corn.org/NSFC2006.pdf p29-30 list all the foods
    and products that contain HFCS. A few surprises even for me:
    bagels, cough syrups, some yogurts. StopHFCS.com lists foods
    that are HFCS-free. They welcome suggestions and additions.
    European import stores are a good bet. Europe prohibits genetically modified foods (GMO) safely eliminating HFCS from
    most products. I’ve read that real Coke made with real sugar
    is imported from Mexico. Have yet to check that out. Meanwhile
    my soft drink of choice is Goose Island Root Beer. Take care.

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