HFCS….

26 Mar

No doubt you have seen this ad or one similar on TV since it has been out for over a year now, but can I just tell you it still makes me mad when I see it.  Who do they think they’re kidding?

There was a new study released from Princton a couple days ago that finally shows the risks of eating High Fructose Corn Syrup.  Here are a couple quotes from the study:

“In addition to causing significant weight gain in lab animals, long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup also led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides. The researchers say the work sheds light on the factors contributing to obesity trends in the United States.”

“In the 40 years since the introduction of high-fructose corn syrup as a cost-effective sweetener in the American diet, rates of obesity in the U.S. have skyrocketed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 1970, around 15 percent of the U.S. population met the definition for obesity; today, roughly one-third of the American adults are considered obese, the CDC reported. High-fructose corn syrup is found in a wide range of foods and beverages, including fruit juice, soda, cereal, bread, yogurt, ketchup and mayonnaise. On average, Americans consume 60 pounds of the sweetener per person every year.”

Take that Corn Refiners Association!

As a family we have been trying to really limit the amount of HFCS we eat for the past couple years, and it can be really challenging.  Even things as simple as bread and ketchup are full of it.  The easiest way to avoid HFCS is to cook from scratch, so we try to do that as often as possible.  I’m really hoping that more studies like this will continue to come out and that food manufacturers will stop putting this junk in our food.

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