I think a lot of us were born in the era of the HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) Boom. If you are around my age, you were not around to see the switch. Bleaching the nutrients out of pure sugar was enough of a detriment to our health, now, with the use of HFCS, illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, liver failure, dementia, cancer, tooth decay and more are at an all time high and rising. On the average each American has increased their yearly intake of HFCS from 0 to over 60 pounds which mostly comes from sugar sweetened drinks and processed food.
So, while various organizations are trying to push the lie that HFCS is good for your health, follow the trail back to who benefits if corn loses its foothold as a major crop in not only the American economy, but other countries as well…..the Corn Industry. The bottom line is that sugar is sugar no matter how you package it!!! Oh but wait….what’s worse is that HFCS can be more detrimental than sugar because no digestion of the sugars is required and they go straight to your bloodstream, elevating your blood glucose as well as producing fats such as triglycerides and cholesterol. You develop a fatty liver, your metabolism becomes a hot mess, you crave more food, you gain weight and have a likelihood to develop one or more of the above mentioned diseases.
It is also stated by those promoting HFCS that when used in moderation, it is safe. The biggest problem I see with this statement is that if you are consuming it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and in between in snacks or drinks, is this in moderation? Hmmmmmmmm
About 17 years ago, I made up my mind that I was going to eat and cook as healthy as I could with the means available to me. It was a rude awakening to go to the grocery store and come out with flour, bread (which I had to search for a brand without HFCS for 10 minutes), dried pasta, brown rice, sunflower oil, beans, butter, real cheese, fruits and vegetables, and unprocessed meat from the butcher section of the store. I was on a mission!!! The biggest hurdle was time. I was and am a working mom outside of the home, but once I convinced myself that it takes a bit more time to make what you can from scratch and be healthier instead of being a consumer of numerous processed food, I felt much better about what I was feeding me and my family.
In short, do what you can to minimize your intake of HFCS:
- Look at food labels and decide if this is a product that maybe you can do without and incorporate something healthier, or maybe just do less of a serving.
- The fresher the better! Buy raw or frozen fruits and veggies….whatever you can afford. I would even go a step further and say to experiment with your own garden. You would be surprised the number of things that I have grown in a small space and if you have children, they will be more likely to eat healthy from the experience.
- Continue your research and spread the news to others.
Watch this informative video featuring Dr. Valerie Garrett, an expert in the field of diabetes as she explains the HFCS phenomenon.
There are a list of foods that do not contain HFCS, but please do your own review. I came across the below sites that may be helpful.
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