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High Fructose Corn Syrup: The most dangerous ingredient in our food supply?

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Don’t act surprised! We have all heard how bad High Fructose Corn Syrup is and it is inserted into so many popular brands of food. It has become the first ingredient I look for on a label so I can avoid that food and so it is no surprise to me to hear that consumer groups and independent doctors are labeling this ingredient as the most dangerous ingredient on our nation’s food supply! I first read the details in a PR Newswire article by Citizens for Health. A very credible alliance aimed at educating the population on health topics. 
So, we can all be proud that FINALLY the USDA has deemed Trans Fats as unsafe and we now look to High Fructose Corn Syrup as a threat to our health as well. What is so unhealthy about HFCS?
It is highly processes, damages the liver, targeted as high cause of Diabetes Type 2 and obesity in our children and it is more and more becoming the trend for reliable companies to disregard this ingredient in their foods! 
As consumers, we need to demand to know the effects of everything we consume! When you eat a cookie, just remember that you are not eating egg, chocolate and flour-that cookie needs to be cheaply preserved for better shelf life and more profit for the brand. What do we use to flavor cheap and extend a shelf life? Processed foods like HFCS! 
Just be aware and read labels and limit the Trans Fats. It is hard to do-they are everywhere. But a cautious consumer pushes brands to follow our trends and demands. If we buy less chemically-enhanced foods they will eventually listen. Many brands already hear us!
How do you feel about what we consume? Do you agree there is a connection between diseases that now exist as we become a society dependent on processed foods?
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24 thoughts on “High Fructose Corn Syrup: The most dangerous ingredient in our food supply?”

  1. I don't buy anything anymore without reading the labels! LOL I have kind of made it a habit, which is why it takes me FOREVER to grocery shop 🙂 I think a lot of the children's issues these days comes from the terrible ingredients they have added to our foods! I have two boys myself and I try to feed them nothing but natural products, as often as possible! LOL Thanks!

  2. We definitely need to phase out all those 'common chemical' ingredients that seem to be in everything we eat!

  3. It makes me sick to think that companies put their own greed over the health of their consumers. I agree with you, the consumption of processed foods and the large intake of them are damaging our health. But there are so many people out there that don't know, understand, or care at all about all the bad stuff in our food. I guess that is why companies still use what they use.

  4. I heard a lot about the danger of this ingredient. I think we should be more careful and aware of what we are consuming these days because we might feel the effect sooner or later. I am guilty though because I'm not looking at the labels.

  5. I've heard so much about how HFCS is so bad. We really try hard to avoid processed foods in our diet, and keep it wholesome and natural as much as possible. It definitely helps!

  6. I avoid HFCS like the plague. I even learned to make my own barbecue sauce haha.

    On the trans fats front, there is actually a big debate where I live right now because an area cookie company who makes these famous cookies that are very high in trans fats is basically going to go out of business because of the ban. On one hand I think it's good that the FDA is finally paying attention, but I'm also kind of torn because the cookies are really good. Then again I'm also a responsible adult that will only eat one cookie and not a whole package as other people can be known to do.

  7. I stopped buying drinks with HFCS and other unnatural ingredients years ago. I figure, if I'm going to spend my hard earned money on groceries and food, why pay for processed junk that has no nutritional value for my body? It's clear the FDA does not do enough to protect us, it is up to us as adults to protect our health and those of our future generations by enforcing healthy eating choices and habits.

  8. I think we (the country/generation) Have been consumed by advertising and manipulation to believe that the food we buy is good for us. I had a hard lesson to learn when my oldest got sick and then my second all due to food ingredients and allergies. We have altered what we eat and how we cook things. Just because someone tells you it's good doesn't mean it is. I do believe that HFCS is bad for you. We don't eat that stuff.

  9. Well, since you want to hear my thoughts, hahah…. I think processed foods play into the diseases our society has, but on the other hand, I think there's a place for preservatives, etc., in American food. It's important to have food that is shelf-safe, especially if any disaster (natural or otherwise) were to happen. Also, the way the farming system is set up in the US, it's easy for our food supply to be disrupted. Most people don't have access to fresh local produce AND meat AND dairy…and if they's not enough to feed an entire town or city if the out-of-town supply chain is disrupted.

    I agree with the other commenter that there's an over-consumption problem in the US. That's definitely true. Portions here (or what people think are portions) are out of control. Just look at what a restaurant serves you as a one-person meal. I don't think it's a stretch to say that obesity is the leading cause of preventable death in the US, so I think that's where the focus really should be right now, when it comes to food. Americans need a lifestyle change, but it's not just what they're eating- also how much and how much they exercise too.

    Annnnd I'll finish up my thoughts by saying I don't buy anything with high fructose corn syrup. In fact, I buy very little processed foods and make almost everything from scratch. But everything in moderation. I flew out of town with my son for Thanksgiving, and I bought him some fake juice drink with HFCS in it for him to drink while the plane was taking off (for his ears). And I was fine with him drinking it, because it's rare that he does. 🙂

  10. I have been making a real effort to eliminate as much high fructose corn syrup as I can from our daily diet, and I have to say I have been doing a pretty great job. I am hypoglycemic, which puts me at a very high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, so once I found out that I already have underlying sugar issues, I knew I had to make a serious effort to eliminate a lot of bad things from my diet.

  11. I think high fructose corn syrup is just one of the horrible ingredients. There are so many gmo products out there that it's just gotten really sad. Then we wonder why people are getting sicker despite all the advanced medicine. Hmmm…

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