The Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup

HFCS Replacing Sugar in North America

Sugar is a sweetener found in foods and drinks, commonly used for years, replacing natural maple syrup and honey around the world.  Of course, natural maple syrup and honey both have their own benefits and are not harmful to people, so long as they are used in moderation, as opposed to sugar which doesn’t provide any benefits whatsoever. However, sugar has now been replaced by high fructose corn syrup, but sugar is not as harmful as the latter.  Unfortunately for most of us, and especially the population of North America, we have been served a high dose of high fructose corn syrup, which is found in virtually every food that previously included sugar as an ingredient.

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Profits Over Health

The reason for this which is clearly that high for this corn syrup increases profits to food manufacturers, because it is so inexpensive.  While food manufacturers are gaining, we as consumers are losing a great deal.  Forget the fact that we are still paying the same amount or maybe even more for the goods that actually cost companies blessed to manufacture, we are also paying with our health.  All you need to do is take a look around you and see how the health of virtually everyone is being affected simply by the changes in ingredients found in our foods, setting aside every other environmental issue, pesticides and other such controversial topics.  In this case, the topic at hand is HFSC, and the fact that it has nothing good to offer people, and can only do harm.

Corn as a Sweetener?

That’s probably why it is not being used in Europe.  Did you know that Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and other products that are commonly sweetened with high for just corn syrup in North America continue to be sweetened with sugar abroad?  Is it because our governments are not doing everything to protect us because they are turning a blind eye to lobbyists?  I think it’s safe to say that that may be the case and that European countries seem to care more about the health of their people than do the American and Canadian governments.  While it may be sad, and while our hands as consumers may be tied, we do have other options.

 Avoid Buying HFCS Products

Aside from signing petitions and fighting for the return of sugar and for HSFC to be  prohibited, we can take a proactive approach and simply avoid buying any products that contain this dangerous ingredient.  I grew up in the generation where drinking soda was very common, and I remember myself drinking almost a liter a day.  Shockingly, I didn’t have a weight problem nor did I have zits to contend with, although some people may say that I was simply lucky in that I had a really good metabolism.  Let’s not forget that most of my days were spent playing on the streets, skipping rope, running, bike riding, playing with hula hoops and so on.  In other words, while I consumed plenty of sugar each day, and I must say, I had my fair share of candy, I was a healthy and happy child.

Of course, back then, there was no such thing as high fructose corn syrup found in our junk food, candies, and colas.  While it may not have been the best diet, the fact that I was constantly exercising through play, I remained slim and fit.  Today, not only do we have a generation living a very sedentary lifestyle, with most of the exercise focusing on the thumbs, we also have them consuming all types of foods that are sweetened with high for this corn syrup.  The combination of the two is deadly.  Never before have there been these alarming rates of obesity and juvenile diabetes.  In fact, never before has there been such elevated rates of diabetes in adults, either.  So, it’s quite evident that there is a problem which stems from the cheap pseudo-sugar being put in our foods.

Exercise

We therefore must do something for our own good, and for the good of our children.  Forget about convenience and forget about  shopping as you did yesterday.  If you insist on shopping through the inner aisles of grocery stores, then at least do yourself a favor and read the labels.  Become familiar with the lingo, even though that might be the biggest challenge in your life, and above all, as quickly as you pick up an item that you find has HSFC in it, put it back.  Do not put it in your cart, do not buy it, and do not serve it to your children or yourself because it is a crime.  Instead, go back to your kitchen with natural ingredients, make smart choices, and cook and bake like people did in the past.

Are you craving French dressing?  Make it yourself with olive oil, paprika, vinegar, and salt and pepper.  Add some garlic if you like, but whatever the case it’ll only take about five minutes out of your day.  Do you want relish for your hamburger?  You’ll find tons of delicious and nutritious recipes all over the web, and with the use of modern day electronic appliances, it only takes moments to make them.

Don’t succumb to the prepackaged dangers and the ease of buying everything ready made.  In addition to creating some delicious meals and desserts, you will benefit in numerous other ways.  For one thing, you can be proud of what you make, and the entire family can take part in the preparation, bringing you closer together, as well.  Additionally, you’ll also benefit from weight loss because you will be avoiding the very fattening ingredients, and especially the high fructose corn syrup found in all store-bought food items.