5 Fake Names Big Food Companies Use To Hide High Fructose Corn Syrup

By Elise Phillips Margulis | 26 November 2019 2370 views
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High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is an inexpensive sweetener that entered our food supply in the 1970s. Since then, it has infiltrated many foods.

Lots of your favorite foods may have HFCS in them. Unfortunately, high fructose corn syrup is quite unhealthy.

HFCS is an artificial sugar extracted from corn stalks and used in processed food. Its use has increased exponentially in the last several decades because it’s so cheap to produce.

A government farm bill subsidizes corn, which is why HFCS is less expensive than cane sugar.

Cane sugar, or sucrose, is made from equal amounts of two tightly bound sugar molecules, glucose and fructose. Your body’s enzymes break down the sucrose into glucose and fructose to absorb it.

The difference between regular sugar and high fructose corn syrup… is that HFCS has a 55% to 45% fructose to glucose ratio. The sugar molecules are not bound tightly like cane sugar’s molecules are. So, your body doesn’t have to break them down.

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This means that the sugar goes right into your bloodstream. It is then stored in your liver, where it can cause all sorts of problems.

Another issue with HFCS is that it’s so hard to stop eating it! It is absorbed so quickly into your body that your brain does not get the signal that you are full.

Here are some foods and beverages that are full of high fructose corn syrup:

  • Soft drinks and fruit juice drinks
  • Jam and jelly
  • Ice cream
  • Cereal, nutrition bars, and granola bars
  • Coffee creamer
  • Sauces, salad dressings, and condiments
  • Candy
  • Sweetened yogurt
  • Bread
  • Canned fruit
  • Frozen and boxed meals
  • Processed foods like snack foods and store-bought baked goods

I told you that high fructose corn syrup is in lots of things you enjoy eating!

It seems like all of the yummiest foods are booby-trapped with HFCS. Once again, you are bombarded with unhealthy food simply because it’s less expensive to make.

Unfortunately, Americans are ingesting 140 pounds of sugar and high fructose corn syrup each year. WOW! It’s delicious, but not good for our bodies.

If that’s not terrifying enough for you, mercury has been found in HFCS as well. You should avoid HFCS whenever possible for several reasons.

Why High Fructose Corn Syrup Is Bad For Your Health

High fructose corn syrup has been linked to an increased risk of several serious health problems. Here are just a few health issues that have been associated with consuming too much HFCS: 

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HFCS produces triglyceride and cholesterol fats. Fatty liver is a term for liver damage caused by your insulin (your main fat storage hormone) production increasing dramatically.

The official name of the disease is lipogenesis, and it affects 70 million people. And sadly, overconsumption of HFCS is tied to this health problem as well.

So, you might think that the obvious solution is to avoid eating high fructose corn syrup. Well, that’s where it can get tricky.

That’s because food companies have become very sneaky about how they list HFCS on their ingredient lists. It’s like they know you’re looking for it… so they’re going to make it harder to find!

Many food companies have started using aliases for high fructose corn syrup on ingredient lists. This means that HFCS is not always labeled as HFCS!

If you see any of the following terms in the ingredients, it means the product contains high fructose corn syrup:

  • Natural corn syrup
  • Isolated fructose
  • Maize (the American Indian name for corn)
  • Glucose/fructose syrup
  • Tapioca syrup (not from corn, but also fructose)

How To Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup & Its Associated Health Problems 

Once again, if you want to avoid the health problems that come along with eating too much HFCS… eating whole and natural foods is the way to stay healthy. Here are a few simple tips for reducing your consumption of high fructose corn syrup:

1) Shop in stores that carry nutritious foods.

Stores like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Wegmans, and other health-oriented stores have opened in many locations. These stores carry alternative treats and snacks that don’t contain an abundance of ingredients you probably want to avoid… like sugar, HFCS, preservatives, sodium, and artificial flavors and colors.

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Also, major supermarket chains are responding to their customers’ desire to eat nutritious foods… so they often offer sections that accommodate them. Look around at your local store for an aisle of healthy snacks.

2) Fill up on whole fruits and veggies.

Filling your belly with fruits and veggies is always a great plan. This is true whether you want to lose weight, fulfill your nutrition needs, or fuel your body optimally.

Also, if you want to avoid GMOs and pesticides, you can purchase organic produce.

3) Avoid eating processed foods.

Anything that comes in a box or wrapped up in packaging is more likely to be processed. And processed foods are more likely to contain high fructose corn syrup and other ingredients that you probably want to avoid.

Also, be sure to check labels on frozen prepared foods. Many of these have HFCS as well.

4) Rethink your breakfast.

Muffins, bagels, waffles, pancakes, and other breakfast favorites can be saturated with high fructose corn syrup. Instead of eating these, find a whole-grain cereal that isn’t laden with HFCS.

5)  Skip the soda and fruit juices.

It’s fairly well known that soda is FULL of added sugars. Depending on the brand, some soda companies use HFCS as a sweetener.

And fruit juices aren’t always healthier… even if it sounds like a better choice! Unless the label says “100% real juice,” it probably has some added ingredients that you don’t want.

When choosing a healthier beverage, water is always a great choice. Tea can be super healthy as well.

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6)  Choose unprocessed snacks.

As I mentioned above, many processed foods contain HFCS… as well as other additives, chemicals, preservatives, and stuff that you generally want to avoid.

Instead of eating processed snacks, opt for some healthy, minimally processed snack foods. These may include nuts, dried fruits, and sliced veggies. Healthy dips like natural peanut butter, hummus, and others help make veggies extra delicious.

7) Make your meals yourself.

The simple truth is that when you make your own food, you can control what goes in it. This means you can easily avoid high fructose corn syrup by not adding it in your own recipes!

Homemade cookies, muffins, cakes, and donuts can be sweetened with healthier alternatives to HFCS… like honey, natural maple syrup, apple sauce, or bananas.

8) Avoid fast food.

Fast food is often loaded with addictive ingredients, including high fructose corn syrup. The idea is that if you start craving the taste that these ingredients provide… you’ll keep returning for more!

That’s why fast foods are high in HFCS, fats, and sugars. The best health choice is to simply try to keep away from fast food restaurants.

9) If you want a sweet treat, opt for dark chocolate.

If you’re like me, you definitely have a sweet tooth. So it’s pretty sad to find out that many of my favorite sweet treats are full of HFCS, added sugars, and other ingredients that aren’t good for my health OR my waistline.

That’s why dark chocolate has honestly been my saving grace. Many dark chocolate bars are unprocessed and have just a few ingredients. Plus, dark chocolate contains antioxidants!

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If you haven’t tried dark chocolate yet because you anticipate it will be bitter, start with 60% cocoa. Ideally, 70% (or higher) should be your goal.

Satisfy your chocolate and sweets craving… without dumping processed and artificial ingredients into your body!

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The world is a minefield of high fructose corn syrup! But if you check labels and know its aliases, you can minimize your consumption.

Whole, natural foods are your best choices. Making some strategic eating habit changes will help your health… and you might even lose some weight in the process!

The Best Sweeteners To Use Instead Of High Fructose Corn Syrup

So if you’re avoiding high fructose corn syrup… under all of its aliases, like “natural sweetener” or “isolated fructose”… but still want something sweet… what should you use and look for on food labels?

After all, study after study has shown that straight-up deprivation diets do not work over the long haul… [1]

So instead of giving up your favorite sweets altogether… I’d highly recommend these 3 “good for you” sugar substitutes instead.

Each one was recommended by a well-known doctor (Dr. Steven Masley) as a much healthier alternative than sugar to satisfy your sweet tooth.

And Dr. Masley even showed us when to use each one for the best possible flavors and textures in your favorite desserts.

So not only will your rich desserts and buttery baked goods taste great… they’ll also be completely guilt-free… and you can enjoy MUCH more of them!

Here’s what these 3 “good for you” substitutes are… plus a handy conversion chart to show you exactly how much to use of each for MAX flavor:

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