If you needed another reason to avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) in the foods you eat you got it: a recent study shows that HFCS contains mercury.
I think we can all agree that mercury is not good for us, but some people still want us to think that HFCS is OK. Do you remember those silly commercials that aired recently, trying to convince us that HFCS is fine in moderation? They tried to convince us that since HFCS is made from corn and all-natural, it’s OK. I admit, the commercials gave me a good chuckle. And they also made me see how scared the corn industry must be to make commercials in order to convince us that HFCS is good. Come on! But I digress.
We avoid HFCS like the plague in our house, and have for awhile, so this news about it containing mercury doesn’t affect us like it does others who regularly consume foods with HFCS. People, I’ve said it before – we need to advocate for our own health and being knowledgeable about the ingredients in the food we eat is just one way. Once you know about the “bad stuff” you can avoid it. Knowing is the easy part, avoiding might be hard for some who are used to commercial food. If you eat real food that has not been processed, you can avoid HFCS. It’s pretty easy for us. You do need to change the way you eat and think about food. And read those labels!
Soft drinks and fruit beverages are the leading products that contain HFCS, but it’s also in gums, jams, breads, cereals, breakfast bars, lunch meats, yogurts, soups, condiments, and salad dressings. Why is HFCS is so many processed foods? The cheapest ingredient in the American food chain (profit factor) after air, water, and salt is HFCS. It’s all about the money, folks.
Start reading your labels; you will probably be amazed by everything that contains HFCS.
For your information, please read these great articles about HFCS from Mercola.com:
- Six Reasons Why Corn is Making You Fat
- How High Fructose Corn Syrup Damages Your Body
- The Plague of High Fructose Corn Syrup in Processed Foods
- Debate About Dangers of High-Fructose Corn Syrup
- Guess Who Funds High Fructose Corn Syrup Studies?
- More Problems with Fructose
Just to refresh your memory, here is information about what HFCS does to your body (from Mercola.com):
- Fructose contains no enzymes, vitamins or minerals, and it leeches micronutrients from the body.
- Unbound fructose, found in large quantities in HFCS, can interfere with the heart’s use of minerals such as magnesium, copper, and chromium.
- Fructose is also known to significantly raise your triglycerides and LDL (bad cholesterol).
- Fructose also reduces the affinity of insulin for its receptor, which is the principle characteristic of type 2 diabetes.
- HFCS has been found to inhibit the action of the immune system’s white blood cells.
- HFCS is metabolized to fat in your body far more rapidly than any other sugar, and, because most fructose is consumed in liquid form (soda), its negative metabolic effects are significantly magnified.
- HFCS is almost always made from genetically modified corn, which is fraught with its own well documented side effects and health concerns, such as increasing your risk of developing a food allergy to corn.
One of the best things we can do for our health (and our children’s health) is to eat healthy, real, whole foods and to completely skip all processed, unhealthy foods that contain “bad stuff”.