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The scoop on High-Fructose Corn Syrup

I’m a firm believer that where there is smoke there is fire.  So when I start seeing products advertising “no High-Fructose Corn Syrup” there must be a reason why.  So far this month, two nationally published magazines have published articles on High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), Consumer Reports and Nutrition Action magazines.  Both are analyzing the facts about the sugar substitute and the results are concerning.

Fructose is naturally found in food like fruits and honey.  However, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a highly refined clear liquid that is made from corn starch and is anything but natural.  Introduced in the early 80’s, food manufactures fell in love with it because of its long shelf life and relative low cost.  A popular debate revolves around how the body processes HFCS compared to sugar.  Some believe that when you eat HFCS it travels straight to the liver which turns the sugary liquid into visceral fat.  Unlike other carbohydrates, HFCS does not cause the pancreas to produce insulin; which acts as a hunger quenching signal to the brain.  As a result we eat food that is stored as fat and we never feel full.

Here is a challenge; if you are not typically a label reader, try it the next time you go to the store.  You’ll typically find HFCS in cola’s, ketchup, yogurt, salad dressings, relish, and alarmingly many low-fat diet foods.  If HFCS, fructose, or modified corn starch appears within the first five ingredients, put it back!

We’re not saying that HFCS is the sole reason for obesity.  Americans have developed many bad eating habits along the way.  The facts are whether you eat a ton of HFCS or a ton of natural sugars the results will be the same; obesity, high blood pressure, increased risk of heart disease, and higher triglycerides.  But what you can do is make smart decisions when you are at the grocery store so the foods that make it into your home will be healthy.  So, you saw this coming, TopLine Foods does not sell any product that contains HFCS, so you can spend your time doing other things rather than checking labels at the store.

P.S.  Did I mention that we also deliver it to your door!!!  :-)

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One Comment

  1. Posted February 17, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    This is a great article. HFCS is everywhere.

    Another concern is potential murcury contamination in HFCS. Google “corn syrup mercury contamination”


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