High Fructose Corn Syrup Is Now Marketed As A Natural Sweetener
By Kat Gal
When you think of high fructose corn syrup, what comes to mind?
If you have been following our site, then you know that high fructose corn syrup is dangerous for you health.
High fructose corn syrup can lead to:
- Weight gain and obesity
- Type 2 diabetes
- Liver damage
- Mercury exposure
- Hypertension and elevated bad cholesterol
- Many threatening diseases
- Etc., etc., etc…
People started catching onto this and started avoiding the awful stuff. But now, you have to be even MORE careful…
High fructose corn syrup has been renamed to ‘Fructose’ by manufacturers trying to convince you into thinking that HFCS is just like sugar.
Trying to find a loophole after the FDA rejected the corn syrup bid, the manufacturers thought that hiding behind the name ‘fructose’ was a clever way to trick their customers and to sell you a product that damages your health.
According to the Corn Refiners Association (CRA), these name changes have been under the radar. The term ‘fructose’ is now being used for a product previously known as HFCS-90. HFCS-90 is just 10% maltose and sucrose and then 90% pure fructose. And that’s not all! ‘Regular’ HFCS actually contains 42-55% fructose when compared to HFCS-90.
“A third product, HFCS-90, is sometimes used in natural and ‘light’ foods, where very little is needed to provide sweetness. Syrups with 90% fructose will not state high fructose corn syrup on the label [anymore], they will state ‘fructose’ or ‘fructose syrup’,” according to the CRA.
Just look at a Vanilla Chex box from General Mills as an example that claims that it contains “no high fructose corn syrup,” yet, on the ingredient list, HFCS is just hiding under ‘fructose.’
But aren’t high fructose corn syrup and fructose the same thing?
No, HFCS and fructose are not the same thing at all. Fructose is a monosaccharide, which is a simple sugar. High fructose corn syrup is an industrial food product; it is a processed, unnatural food. The sugars are extracted through a chemical enzymatic process resulting in HFCS. Unlike fruit, this type of fructose is not bound to fiber. This means that HFCS causes your body to process fiber faster and leaves your body unsatisfied.
As you know already, the dangers of high fructose corn syrup are both numerous and severe. And it is in virtually EVERYTHING today that is packaged and processed.
What can YOU do to better avoid HFCS, especially now with so many names?
- Be careful and read your labels properly – avoid anything that has “fructose,” “fructose syrup,” “HFCS-90,” or “high fructose corn syrup” listed in the ingredients.
- If it is currently in your diet, remove it.
- Avoid processed foods when possible, including when eating out.
- Eat a whole foods organic diet, consisting mainly of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.
- If you are looking for replacements of HFCS – raw honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar and stevia are much better choices.
Do you know any other ways to avoid HFCS? Share them with us in the comments below and be sure to inform your friends and family of these deceiving changes!
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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