Well it looks like they were right.
Many of us suspected all along that the stuff was unhealthy, many people just didn’t like the way it made their sodas taste, even more were shocked at just how much stuff it was in. Well, now Science has given a definitive reason for avoiding it.
“Fructose, a sweetener derived from corn, can cause dangerous growths of fat cells around vital organs and is able to trigger the early stages of diabetes and heart disease.”
Well, that’s just dandy. I mean, haven’t we been told all along that it’s just like sugar?
Turns out, not so much:
“Fructose bypasses the digestive process that breaks down other forms of sugar. It arrives intact in the liver where it causes a variety of abnormal reactions, including the disruption of mechanisms that instruct the body whether to burn or store fat.”
Well golly, doesn’t that just make you want to run right out and feed it to your kids to show them how much you love them???
Here are a few tips for avoiding HFCS in your diet:
1. Don’t drink soda or processed fruit juices without reading the labels. “kosher” coke and several Mexican brands of soda like Jarritos do not contain HFCS. Neither does our perrennial favorite Jones Soda.
2. Avoid fast food. ’nuff said.
3. READ ingredients labels on any processed food you buy. This includes breads, canned fruits and vegetables, pickles, soups, sauces, you name it. The stuff hides in unexpected places. It doesn’t matter if the foods are labelled organic or natural, as FDA loopholes in both of those classifications allow HFCS to be snuck in. (I’ve read that if the product reads 100% organic, you’re ok, because there’s no way to make 100% organic HFCS, but I can’t seem to find any real documentation of that claim.)