However, this common ingredient has been getting a lot of negative press recently.
As more and more Americans are consuming high-fructose corn syrup, many scientists believe that it is causing a glut of health problems, including increasing rates of obesity and even diabetes. Some researchers have even found mercury in foods with high fructose corn syrup, a toxin that is thought to enter HFCS foods from the mechanism that separates sugar from corn.
Whether or not any or all of these claims are true, there’s been enough anti-HFCS noise in the media to leave me running for natural sweeteners. In fact, when it comes to shopping for healthy foods, I know life would probably be much easier in Europe, where use of high fructose corn syrup is greatly regulated.
Thankfully, a little poking around at the grocery store has proven to me that, while many sweet foods in pantries and refrigerators throughout out great land may have high fructose corn syrup, there are some food manufacturers that are sticking to good ol’ white cane sugar to sweeten their products.
So, what products don’t contain high fructose corn syrup?
Here’s a list of some common products that are sans HFCS:
Soda and Other Beverages
Regardless of what no-HFCS items you want to buy, you need to check for any artificial sweeteners you may not want added in lieu of high fructose corn syrup.
If you are going totally organic, cane sugar (often listed as just sugar on most food labels) or stevia, the only natural, zero-calorie alternative to sugar.
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