Post by Dreamwebber on Mar 26, 2007 1:21:01 GMT -5
I have decided that I am going to try to eliminate (as much as I can anyway....any items that contain "High Fructose Corn Syrup" or any type of syrup of that nature as ingredients in products I eat and drink. Not only do I think it might help me lose some weight and avoid diabetes but, just would be better for me overall.
It seems like everything that is sold from flavored waters to spaghetti sauce includes some type of syrup as the main ingredient. I would like to start eating and drinking things that are more organic in nature.
Are there any flavored waters that do not contain HFCS or Splenda (I would rather have sugar than that stuff) out there? Any recommendations in regards to sauces? Ex. BBQ sauce, Spaghetti? etc.
I've heard tell that "Passover Coke" and "Mexican Coke" (Coca-Cola, that is) are made with cane sugar, rather than HFCS.
Stevia (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevia) is an alternative sweetener that is still far below the media radar. I haven't tried it personally but have seen a lot of recommendations that it's "less artificial" than saccharin, Splenda or aspartame.
Applause to you for taking this step. There are articles in the NY Times about how this particular ingredient gained such primacy in our diets (I just did a quick search for the piece I had in mind but couldn't find it...will look more later). What it boils down to is, back in the late 1970s, there was actually a corn shortage. It wreaked such havoc all up and down the economic spectrum, the government pretty much fixed it so that corn growers would always get paid for growing as much of the stuff as possible to ensure that it never happened again. But then there was so much corn lying around, they had to come up with a use for it, and discovered that HFCS was a cheaper substitute for sugar in many foods. Plus, "sugar" had already gained a bad reputation and companies were looking for a way to legitimately take it off the labels.
Everyone's going on about what a surge in ethanol manufacturing and consumption will do to the corn crop...it will be interesting to see if there's a shift back to sugar!
That's the main reason for our obesity epidemic, and wouldn't it be nice if all the people yelling about trans-fats would turn their attention to HFCS.
Post by Dreamwebber on Mar 26, 2007 12:28:00 GMT -5
thanks for the info rune. I was finding I was doing all the right things to lose weight but, no weight was coming off in fact I was gaining weight and I was getting frustrated so, I started reading all my labels and finding everything I was eating/drinking's first ingredient was HFCS. So, now, I am trying to make a conscience effort to avoid those type of products.
High Fructose corn syrup is indeed the work of Satan. Mrs. Bear is diabetic, we are now very avid label readers. You would not beleive how many products have this as one of the fist 4-5 ingredients. Bottom line: Sweet, but will kill you.
Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean people aren't after you.
High fructose corn syrup is definitely bad, bad...
It looks like it can lead to obesity and can elevate levels of trigylcerides.
"Other recent research suggests that fructose may alter the magnesium balance in the body. That could, in turn, accelerate bone loss, according to a USDA study published in 2000 in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition."