Monday, May 9, 2011

Name one thing that is bad about high fructose corn syrup...

Do you remember that commercial?  The woman telling her nervous boy friend on their picnic that there was nothing wrong with high fructose corn syrup.  Of course the commercial was made and sponsored by the Corn Growers of America.  Now, I'm not going to go into the health problems associated with it, or the creation or how your body tries to deal with it.  Instead, I want to offer you a dare: try to live a week without and tell me how you feel.

I admit, that finding things that do not have HFCS in it is very difficult.  You may have to do without your favorite fast food meals, since the buns and chicken breading often has HFCS in it.  You may also have to do without your favorite soft drink or drink mix, since most of the time HFCS is in it as well.  It is in practically everything, from bread, candies, cookies, canned tomatoes, fruit juice, ice cream, salad dressings, popcorn, chocolate and even yogurt.  It is in everything, mainly because for manufacturers, it is cheaper to buy and use than real sugar.  So, what will come out of this is a few extra longer trips to the supermarket and a better health level.

Now, if you are lucky enough like me, to have a few International Food stores around, like Global Foods in Kirkwood, then you will notice that only the things from the United States have HFCS.  The ingredient is not in most of the other foreign goods.  It is odd that an ingredient that is cheaper than sugar and easier to use in products would not be in a Third World nation's exports, unless it has a significant effect on your health: as it does.  Have you noticed how many American products now advertise with big letters on the container that it has NO High Fructose Corn Syrup?  

Now, my family and I have been on a non-HFCS binge in our house.  We have noticed and furthermore, I have noticed, that without this awful item in our foods, I have felt less tired less often as well as had a better feeling, a higher pathos, or a better outlook on life.  My head has been clearer and I have had less headaches due to weather changes and such.  I do have to say that I was really tempted into buying that new chocolate creme stuffed Twinkie, but High Fructose Corn Syrup I think was the first or second ingredient and I really could use without it.

So, I know that there are a lot who read this and I dare you, try a week without High Fructose Corn Syrup for you or for your family and tell me how you feel afterwards.

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