Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Buzz on High Fructose Corn Syrup

About a year a go I heard a buzz around the internet that high fructose corn syrup is hidden in many of our every day food products.  I really started looking on the packages coming in my home and the buzz was correct!  From everyday foods like bread and "fruit" juice to occasional treats like, candy "corn" and "fruit" snacks.   I think it is funny that a product like candy "corn" actually has corn in it, namely corn sugar, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS),etc  


As this buzz was circulating I saw that companies were taking notice and started removing "HFCS" from their products and slapping it on their labels and getting their PR firms to push their "HFCS" free products.  By this time, quite a few parents had already started limiting these type of products from their home.  So the no HFCS products came into stores, we were buying them but in reality sugar is sugar. Did you fall into the market trap of "no HFCS?" 


I just recently attended a "webinar", internet seminar, presented by the Corn Refiners Association and hosted by Resourceful Mommy Media.  All the attendees got to ask questions to the panel and they answered.   The bottom lined I learned from them about HFCS is that it is just another way to sweeten your food.  If corn syrup or corn sugar isn't used you can bet that another sugar is in its place.  They said that HFCS isn't any more addicting than any other sugar and has the same effect on obesity, diabetes and heart disease. 

What are your thoughts on this?? Someone said "fresh food is better" yet someone else pointed out "fruit and veggies have sugar, too!"

“The information shared from the webinar was provided by the Corn Refiners Association.  I have been compensated for writing this blog post.  All opinions are my own tasty words. Check out their link for more information.” Thanks to Resourceful Mommy Media for hosting the event.
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