3 Really good reasons to avoid high fructose corn syrup

WE’VE ALL HEARD THAT HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYYRUP (HFCS) IS EVIL, but is it really? The jury is still out. Meanwhile, it’s best to avoid it. Here are three good reasons why:

1. It’s in highly processed foods, which aren’t healthy. HFCS is most often found in highly processed foods like crackers, cookies, sodas, fruit drinks, cereal bars and toaster pastries, and heat-and-eat foods. Avoid HFCS, and you’ll avoid empty calorie snack and junk food.

2. HFCS itself is a highly processed food. The less processed a food is, the better it is for you.  So you’re eating processed food, say, Pepperidge Farm Bread 100% whole wheat bread, and it contains HFCS, which itself is very highly processed. Double whammy. You’re better off with a bread containing honey, which isn’t processed at all beyond what the bees do to it.

3. Too much of anything is bad. HFCS is in so very many food products. Besides anything already mentioned, it can also be found in yogurts, breads, canned vegetables, frozen dinners, ice cream… just to name a few. Getting HFCS out of your diet means you’ll be getting something else in — like honey, raw sugar, or maple syrup as sweeteners. Or better yet, more fruits which are naturally sweet. Diversity is better for our diets.

Some food manufacturers are giving up HFCS to switch back to sugar. But hey, just because something is made with sugar, not HFCS, doesn’t make it healthy, that’s for sure.

The bottom line: Does HFCS affect metabolism and inhibit leptin production? Does it contain mercury? Is it the cause of the obesity epidemic? No one is quite positive yet (except the Corn Refiners Associate, which assures us it’s safe, healthy, and natural). But why take the chance? Start checking labels and finding alternatives. You’ll eat healthier and feel better.

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