Two channels I watch a lot of are the HGTV and Food Network channel.Â Since my wine days, I’ve been a big food junkie.Â I love to cook and I love to putz around the house.
And over the last few days, the corn refiner’s association (I think it’s them) have been airing this “cornsugar” commercial.Â The essential argument is that high fructose corn syrup is no difference than refined sugar.Â And as I recall, there was a move to petition the FDA to change the term from high fructose corn syrup to corn sugar.Â
Talk aboutÂ putting lipstick on a pig.
Lookit, I’m not a big don’t eat this or eat that person.Â But as I understand it (I could be wrong) the benefits of HFCS to food manufacturers are…
- It’s cheap
- It acts as a preservative.
- It mixes better than sugar
- It’s sweeter than sugar.
So, what’s the benefit to us – not much I’m thinking.
HereÂ are twoÂ great articleÂ from DiabetesHealthÂ and TLC on this subject for your consideration…
You know how important it is to control the sugar and carbohydrates in your diet. So you read food labels and listen to your body cues to make sure youâ€™re getting what you need to stay healthy.Â But what happens when a manufacturer disguises sugar as something you donâ€™t recognize?
If you want to cut down drastically the amount of processed food you eat, don’t buy anything that has high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in it. Unfortunately, you’ll have to have a strong liking for the taste of lettuce and notebook paper, because HFCS is in nearly everything: jelly, juice, sodas, whole-grain breads, cereals, ketchup, crackers, yogurt, sweet pickles, applesauce, salad dressing, ice cream, cough syrup and lots more.
And of course, you can check these videos from our resident food expert, Isabel De Los Rios, author of the Diet Solution Program…
Here’s the deal, HFCS is ubiquitious.Â It will be nearly impossible to avoid not eating this chemical additive.Â The key is to minimize it as much as possible.Â How do you do that…
- Read food labels.Â Ingredient list start with the most and goes in reverse order.Â So, if HFCS is 1st or 2nd, as in soda, then you need to put it down.Â If HFCS is way toward the end of the list, then there shouldn’t be much in it.
- Avoid processed foods.Â If it’s processed, it probably has HFCS in it, along with more than you need sodium and other preservatives.Â
- Cook more – it’s fun, it’s nutritious, you have more control – did I mention it’s fun!!!
The challenge is that it is everywhere.Â And the cumulative effect of consuming this preservative and sweetener, knowing or unknowing, is what should concern us.