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This will be my first (of many) posts on things we eat that we shouldn’t be eating.  There has been so much back and forth on this one, especially recently.  Should we, or should we not be ingesting high fructose corn syrup?

If you go based on information you will find on www.sweetsurprise.com– it’s no different than eating honey or maple syrup.  They are going through a process with the FDA to try to get the name changed to “corn sugar” instead of high fructose corn syrup:

Relabeling high fructose corn syrup as “corn sugar” clears up confusion and enables consumers to easily identify added sugars in the diet. Docket FDA-2010-P-0491

There are all kinds of facts and information on that site to educate the public on corn sugar and relate the fact that it’s nutritionally the same as sugar and digested as such.  There’s even an area to read press releases and download the petition to get the name changed to corn sugar.  I think my favorite part of the site is the High Fructose Corn Syrup Myths page.  I won’t repeat everything on that page here, but one of the best ones on there is “high fructose corn syrup is not natural”.  I’m sorry, but last time I picked a corn cob off of a stalk (which I used to do ALL the time growing up on a farm), high fructose corn syrup wasn’t leaking from any part of that plant.

This excerpt was gathered from Time Health:

The commercials claim that just like sugar, high-fructose corn syrup isn’t unhealthy when consumed in moderation. But it’s hard to know exactly how much of it we’re actually consuming because it shows up in so many unexpected foods. “It was in my children’s vitamins!” said Elise Mackin. Because high-fructose corn syrup extends the shelf life of foods, and farm subsidies make it cheaper than sugar, it’s added to a staggering range of items, including fruity yogurts, cereals, crackers, ketchup and bread — and in most foods marketed to children. So, unless you’re making a concerted effort to avoid it, it’s pretty difficult to consume high-fructose corn syrup in moderation

The Global Healing Center site has a great article that discusses some of the dangers of consuming high fructose corn syrup that I really encourage you to read: 5 Health Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Some argue the studies that back these dangers are flawed, some feel they are rather accurate.  The way I see it is this: high fructose corn syrup is engineered from corn, it isn’t something you can get by cooking corn kernels and squeeze out.  It’s overly processed and modified, it’s a chemical.  Just the same as any other processed food out there.  Did you know that there are foods that are marketed as “health foods” that contain HFCS?  Mark’s Daily Apple, a great blog I must say, has a short article that lists 8 health foods that have HFCS which are: Yoplait Yogurt, Salad Dressings (unless you buy the ones that have decided to stop using it), “Smart” Ice Cream Sandwiches, Special K, Cereals with Heart Healthy Claims, 100 Calorie Snack Packs. {gathered from 8 ‘Health’ Foods That Contain High Fructose Corn Syrup!}

The human body was never designed to be able to digest and handle all of these processed, genetically modified, hormone injected, antibiotic infested foods we eat every day.  I know, I might be a hypocrite because I’ve been eating it my whole life as well.  But the difference is that I’m doing something about it, are you?  I’m making a change, maybe it’s time you do as well for yourself and your family.  Your insides will love you for it.