High Fructose Corn Syrup = Bad

January 28, 2009 at 10:03 pm 73 comments

So…you might have heard that high fructose corn syrup is bad for you. And it is. But do you know why? I hope to clear that up for you today.

Almost Fit has a good series detailing why we shouldn’t eat HFCS.
More reasons from the Washington Post to abstain.

But even more importantly, a new study came out this week with yet ANOTHER reason to avoid high fructose corn syrup…it contains mercury! Mercury is a toxic metal that can exist as a pure element or in a variety of inorganic and organic forms and can cause immune, sensory, neurological, motor, and behavioral dysfunctions similar to traits defining or associated with autism (autism.com).

Minneapolis – Mercury was found in nearly 50 percent of tested samples of commercial high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), according to a new article published today in the scientific journal, Environmental Health. A separate study by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) detected mercury in nearly one-third of 55 popular brandname food and beverage products where HFCS is the first or second highest labeled ingredient-including products by Quaker, Hershey’s, Kraft and Smucker’s.

HFCS use has skyrocketed in recent decades as the sweetener has replaced sugar in many processed foods. HFCS is found in sweetened beverages, breads, cereals, breakfast bars, lunch meats, yogurts, soups and condiments. On average, Americans consume about 12 teaspoons per day of HFCS. Consumption by teenagers and other high consumers can be up to 80 percent above average levels.

Read that last line. This is truly disturbing to me. And I know it’s true…I’ve seen how much Mountain Dew my brother drinks. And the stat about an “average” American consuming 12 teaspoons a day? Blech.

Oooh but Sara! I just saw a commercial that said it’s not bad for me! It’s just like honey! Oh my friends…don’t believe those insane commercials paid for by the Corn Refiners of America (aka…the people that profit from HFCS sales)…their claims are downright lies in my opinion. If you haven’t seen it, here you  go:

My favorite part is when they say it’s “fine in moderation”…which is a very trendy thing to say these days. However, if you are eating the standard American diet, you are getting much more than “moderation” with your HFCS intake. It’s in EVERYTHING. It’s in your bread. Your vitamins. Your ketchup. Your cereal. Your energy bars. Your “natural” strawberry jelly. (FYI…the word “natural” is not regulated). Your canned goods. And pretty much everything you’re feeding your kids…which is even more disturbing now that they’ve tested it for mercury.

Oh, and my other favorite part of the commericals? When the moms are talking about HFCS being so safe, and then they are giving their kids red juice on top of it. Red #40 is my arch enemy 🙂 Stay away from it mamas! Bella doesn’t have a strong reaction to it like some children do…but just the fact that red dye #40 has been banned for use in children’s products in some countries, yet it has been allowed as “safe” for use here in America is not very comforting. I choose to avoid it whenever possible. Here is a little article about why women should avoid it as well.

Anywhoo…this is the end of my rant. But please, please be aware of what you are putting into your bodies (and into your little one’s bodies). Sometimes, it’s unavoidable…when you’re at a restaurant and you can’t be sure of what is in everything…but you do have a choice when you’re at home. I challenge you to go through your cupboards and your fridge and get rid of everything that has it. Eat clean and your body will thank you for it!

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  • 1. Ashley H.  |  January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    HFCS is in everything I swear. I had the hardest time finding bread especially. I still haven’t found a good ketchup so I don’t eat any. 😉

    Thanks for addressing that commercial. It irritates me every time it’s on.

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    • 2. Annie  |  September 8, 2009 at 1:10 am

      One of the big ketchup makers has an “organic” ketchup that is made with sugar instead of corn syrup.

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    • 3. tegan  |  October 6, 2009 at 3:24 am

      if you buy organic ketchup, it does NOT contain high fructose corn syrup =_

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  • 4. Becky V  |  January 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Sara – I appreciate any information that people can provide about the dangers of HFCS. A particularly good resource for understanding the economics and health drawbacks of HFCS can be found in the recent work of Michael Pollan (*The Omnivore’s Dilemma* and *In Defense of Food*). I just want to throw these out for your readers … in case they’re looking for some more data.

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  • 5. livelightly  |  January 28, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Ashley…have you tried the ketchup at the coop? It’s super yummy. Or you could always make a batch of your own: http://healthy.hillbillyhousewife.com/homemadeketchup.htm

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  • 6. Shannon  |  January 28, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Uggg… I know! Just think about it. Probably every person in our country has consumed some, if not large amounts of this stuff. I don’t understand why anyone thinks the FDA is trying to protect us. Or the corn industry for that matter.

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  • 7. Josie  |  January 28, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Awesome post Sara! I strive to live HFCS free and do a pretty good job of it. My favorite thing about it thus far is not feeling awesome (I really do!) but that I have showed my mom how to be more conscious about HFCS as well. 🙂

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  • 8. Niki  |  January 29, 2009 at 12:41 am

    Those commercials drive me bonkers! With all the research and available info telling us NOT to eat HFCS, I figure that the corn refiners are starting feel that withdrawl in their pocketbooks. I can’t imagine any other reason why they would start such a huge advertising campaign, with commercials running at peak hours.
    Shannon- The FDA is so screwy! I don’t believe in any info the FDA gives us.
    Hopefully with the new mercury statistics, people will start being more aware.
    Thanks for the fabulous post!

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  • 9. flipflopmamma  |  January 29, 2009 at 1:02 am

    Awesome post! I have been fighting the “it’s good in moderation” thing since my friend Steve died of cancer. Not only do we avoid HFCS, but I’ve recently taken all sugar out of our diets. Sugar is bad for your immune system, and I think my kids will eat much better once it’s all out of their systems. It’s sad how our government really doesn’t protect us, and just lets people do what is cheap. Ugh.

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  • 10. angela  |  January 29, 2009 at 2:54 am

    Thank you so much for posting this. Those commercials really bother me; I get super annoyed every time I see one. Some things are just terrible for us, even if they are consumed in moderation.

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  • 11. Rachel  |  January 29, 2009 at 4:37 am

    I just saw an article a few minutes ago about how HFCS has mercury in it. Oh my! I’m very glad we avoid it as much as we can.

    Also, we don’t watch much TV so I hadn’t seen that commercial yet. I’m shocked at it, but I probably shouldn’t be! How could anyone *not* see that it’s propaganda from those who make a lot of money off of HFCS?

    Anyway, great post! I completely agree with you.

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  • 12. Stacy Owings  |  January 29, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    They have several different commercials on the tube right now. I saw the one a few days ago and thought it was a joke…Girlfriend trying to convince her boyfriend to eat a popsicle. Really creepy. Mass brainwashing at its best (worst).

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  • 13. benzismama  |  January 29, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    These findings are seriously disturbing. It kills me to think of how much of that stuff my kids have consumed. It’s so hard to avoid. I don’t understand why they started adding it to so many foods that don’t even need it. Pickles, for instance. Why on earth do dill pickles need to be packed in HFCS?!

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  • 14. Allyn  |  January 29, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Thank you for this post! Very necessary! I hope someday they’ll get rid of HFCS. I’ve tried very hard to avoid it ever since college; my biochemistry teacher told us to consider it toxic. It is not metabolized like natural sugars, but completely bypasses the glycolytic pathway due to its structure, which means that it isn’t nutritious at all- our bodies don’t break it down, but just store it as bad fat (as opposed to good fat that we need).

    Thank you! Always happy when you post! 😀

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  • 15. ashley.  |  January 29, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    We can’t rely on the government to regulate our health in the US – many of this know this. :-/ It’s sad – lobbyists are a powerful force and have their say in EVERYTHING, including the food pyramid.

    Sigh.

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  • 16. kaTe  |  January 29, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Thank you for your post! So often people are not informed or informed incorrectly. This stuff is horrible and have attempted to rid it from all things in my home. I try to spread the word to everyone and now I have more information to support my reasons-Thanks!

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  • 17. FT  |  January 29, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I work with the Corn Refiners Association and want to point out a serious inaccuracy in the study that came out in Environmental Health that reports high fructose corn syrup contains mercury. The study appears to be based on outdated information since the corn industry has used mercury-free versions of the two re-agents mentioned in the study for several years. It’s important that Americans know that high fructose corn syrup is safe and high fructose corn syrup meets the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s requirements for the use of the term “natural.” Here’s a link to the statement by the Corn Refiners Association on the topic.
    http://www.hfcsfacts.com/HFCS-Mercury-Study-Outdated.html

    FT – On behalf of the Corn Refiner’s Association

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    • 18. Jen  |  June 28, 2009 at 5:08 am

      The term natural is not regulated. I could call arsenic natural. Doesn’t mean I want to sprinkle it on my cereal. The flaws in the mercury study are that the study did not toe the corporate line of HFCS is good for you.

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    • 19. FTsNightmare  |  March 20, 2010 at 7:51 pm

      You’ve got to be kidding, FT……do you really think anyone here believes that claptrap?

      “A March 18, 2010 Duke University Medical Center study found that “increased consumption of high fructose corn syrup was associated with scarring in the liver, or fibrosis, among patients with Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).” NAFLD is not uncommon in the United States, affecting almost 1/3 of the adult population.”

      People are becoming more aware of the dangers of HFCS, and moving away from it.

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    • 20. Ron  |  April 11, 2010 at 5:30 pm

      FT – Corn starch is natural, but when you change the molecular structure, re-arranging the molecules to the point that the chains of molecules no longer resemble the corn starch, I can’t consider it natural, nor should anyone else.
      HFCS is a man made highly processed sweetener with many adverse effects on the human body.
      Our bodies function much better on mostly whole foods, vegetables, fruits, seeds, legumes, and other less refined, less processed foods like bread that doesn’t contain GRAS food additives.
      Oh, by the way, the FDA also list HFCS on the GRAS food additive list, I wonder why? I stay away from all of the food additives listed on the FDA GRAS food additive list.

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  • 21. Jessica T.  |  January 29, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    THANK YOU for this! I was upset by those commercials, but when I said “That’s such a lie!” I realized I had no data to back myself up…just like the stupid characters in the commercials!

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  • 22. Kristen  |  January 29, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Ugh! I know I hate HFCS! And now they found mercury in it too? I read that Washington Post article too and was just so mad! I hate those commercials that are trying to tell people it’s ok! I just don’t understand what the US is trying to do to us. There are so many things that are banned in other countries that the US say are find for us. So frustrating!

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  • 23. livelightly  |  January 29, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    FT…thanks so much for trying to clear this up, but I doubt you will convince anyone here that HFCS is “safe”.

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  • 24. ashley.  |  January 29, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    All FT is saying is that if HFCS is “natural,” ANYTHING can be considered natural by the FDA. *shudder*

    Which makes me feel even worse about the state of food in the US, not better.

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  • 25. Christine  |  January 29, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Thanks for posting this! Those commercials make me furious.

    And sorry, FT, but I don’t trust the FDA’s definition of “natural”.

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  • 26. livelightly  |  January 29, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Plus…just the fact that the Corn Refiners Association is purposefully seeking out bloggers to “set straight” is an indication of the desperate means they will go to … to keep America addicted!

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  • 27. Rene  |  January 29, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Saw that commercial too, couldn’t get over it. What lies!

    Keep spreading the word, I hate that stuff.

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  • 28. Laura Reaux  |  January 30, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    I’m so glad you posted this! I knew HFCS was awful, but I didn’t know about the mercury yet. Wow. As a Mom with 2 kids dx with Autism, this is definitely something that concerns me. What an encourager to keep trying to feed my family REAL food.

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  • 29. Jessica  |  January 30, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    In reference to red dye #40…my counsin is a geneticist and she says they use that to manipulate GENES…BLAH!!! If that isn’t enough to make you not want to eat it…I don’t know what is.
    Thanks for posting

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  • 30. Gabreial  |  January 30, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed with our food lately on my personal blog.
    I’m so glad to have this!

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  • 31. Amy  |  January 30, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Great blog entry! I totally agree! That very commercial bothers me, as well. It is so misleading.

    I always think, at the part where the one mom says to the other mom, “and what is so bad about high fructose corn syrup?” and the other mom looks stumped, boy, I could say a lot right there!

    I’m so glad you posted this and the commercial! Thanks!

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  • 32. ashlee  |  January 31, 2009 at 4:01 am

    thank you so much for the info. i want to overhaul our diet so badly…my 5 kiddos deserve it but im so lost as where to start…here it is!

    thanks sara!

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  • 33. Tony  |  February 1, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    hi! Beth C. sent me your link to your food blog 🙂 I particularly liked this post – those HFCS commercials have become an ongoing joke between me and my friends ever since they started airing- they’re ridiculous.

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  • 34. Kerri  |  February 2, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    I try to pay very close attention to our labels, but I had been a little lazy lately. After reading this, I immediately went through our cabinets and fridge. Luckily, there were only a few culprits: ketchup, bbq sauce (for my husband), and jelly. Why we have the jelly at all, I don’t know because we have homemade apple butter (HFCS-free) in the pantry. New HFCS-free replacements were purchased immediately.

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  • 35. Janie  |  February 5, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    I actually just read a little blurb about this same issue in my Eat, Shrink, and Be Merry cookbook (looney spoons #3). They also listed numerous other issues with HFCS that blew me away! There was a question that popped into my mind while reading that article, so I thought I would ask you. I think it’s a stupid question, I think I know the answer, but I’m just not sure.
    Is Corn Syrup (the golden sticky stuff in the bottle at the grocery store) the same as High Fructose Corn Syrup? I am thinking yes. What do you think?
    I just recently found a really amazing granola recipe that uses apple sauce, a little corn syrup and honey instead of oil. I have been making it, and loving it, but I was very concerned about the corn syrup thing. I have never really used in before in my own baking so I’ve never thought about it.
    Let me know what you know. Thanks

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  • 36. livelightly  |  February 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Janie…HFCS is basically super concentrated corn syrup. It’s going to act just the same as any sugar in the body. Any corn product that isn’t organic is almost certainly genetically modified as well. I thought at one point, I had seen organic corn syrup, but haven’t really looked for awhile. I think I’ve used it maybe once in my life! 🙂 I would just switch the corn syrup for maple syrup, honey, or agave.
    Good question!

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  • 37. Melissa @ Anxious for Nothing  |  February 6, 2009 at 3:34 am

    Just yesterday I saw an ad in the February 2009 Parents magazine that has a picture of a concerned man saying, “High fructose corn syrup made me fat.” And a smiling, “enlightened” woman sarcastically replying, “No, going back for thirds made you fat.” The ad goes on to say, “High fructose corn syrup is nutritionally the same as table sugar. The same number of calories, too. As registered dietitians recommend, keep enjoying the foods you love, just do it in moderation.”

    I wanted to throw the magazine across the room when I saw that ad. Good thing it was a free subscription. I’m glad I didn’t pay to be bombarded with false information from the Corn Refiners Association. I just hope people will do their research and not believe the CRA’s lies. Funny how they don’t mention anything about how high fructose corn syrup leads to mineral losses, liver problems, and weakening of the immune system, among other issues.

    Thanks for linking to the article on the effect red dye has on women. Isn’t it awful that it’s known to cause birth defects and yet it’s in so many PRENATAL vitamins?

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  • 38. Janie  |  February 6, 2009 at 3:56 am

    Thanks for the response back! Agave. That word keeps popping up. I’m off to do a google search on it, as I will admit I know nothing about it. Thank you for the substitution suggestions!

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  • 39. Mrs. Fun  |  February 8, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    YO!! I LOVE this post. can I link it from my blog. I try so hard to avoid the crap and those commercials make me want to throw up.
    I wish that these food makers would wake the hell up. I have started to slide on certain things because foods without this crap are so expensive.
    Now i will back to cracking the whip.

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  • 40. kate  |  February 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Interesting. But I mostly popped over to say you inspired me. My husband and I are doing the green smoothie challenge. This morning was day 3 and we are loving it! I’d wanted to challenge myself into it ever since you gave the challenge, but with him getting a cold this weekend I was finally motivated to get some yummy smoothies into him and he, being sick, was not one to argue!
    They’ve been delicious, thanks for pushing us into a healthier year!!
    oh, and I just love all of your blogs… thanks for talking about so much great stuff and giving us some great resources for our health and every thing else!
    love you guys!
    kate

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  • 41. Stephanie  |  February 9, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    thanks for this great post. My husband studies this stuff all day and always gets mad when those commercials come on.

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  • 42. Amber  |  February 9, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    First time commenting here…. I’ve seen those commercials & thought they were utterly ridiculous!!!! Btw, your hatred of Red #40 is also completely valid. My husband & I call those red “fruit punch” drinks by a more appropriate name… RED DEATH!!!!

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  • 43. karen  |  February 10, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    I understand this is controversial, but I have a theory that people from different parts of the world have adapted to receive their calories most effectively & efficiently from certain types of foods. For example, many Native Americans suffer from tremendous health problems, much more so than the Anglo population, when they adopt a standard American diet. Many Mediterranean peoples have profound lactose intolerance, while people descended from northern Europeans, where milk has been consumed in large quantities for much longer, typically tolerate dairy very well. Polynesians suffer from health concerns when they shift away from taro as their primary carbohydrate. African-Americans have high rates of heart disease and diabetes. Could some ethnicities (for lack of a better term) be maladapted to eat large quantities of corn and corn products? And, can this be extended to other foods?

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  • 44. livelightly  |  February 11, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Karen…I do agree that certain people can “tolerate” some things better than others, and their bodies may be better suited for certain foods. I don’t believe that means the food in question is “good”, however. For example, I really don’t think that any human being should be consuming the breastmilk of a cow (ideally)…our bodies weren’t made to digest it. I don’t think it’s necessarily corn and corn products in their natural forms as it is people’s reactions to a chemically altered food. This is much different than eating native/local/fresh/whole foods.

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  • 45. Kat  |  February 23, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Heinz makes an organic, HFCS free ketchup. Its tasty!

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  • 46. Abby  |  March 4, 2009 at 3:18 am

    Thanks for the informative blog post. Red #40 is PURE EVIL. Our oldest daughter is allergic to it (not anaphylactic thankfully) and is chemically sensitive to all foods that are well, chemicals or fake. I’m thankful for this b/c it’s really opened my eyes about the way I eat and what is truly good food.

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  • 47. norah  |  March 5, 2009 at 3:25 am

    corn (malodextrin, HFCS,) and soy (soy lethicin) are in everything now days-its really crazy. Both of these crops are highly subsidized by the government too-the connection is clear.

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  • 48. Bridey  |  March 6, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Enjoy your blog! Added your blog address to a reply to a blog post. Hope thats okay!
    Thanks Bridey
    http://gvrawfoods.ning.com/profiles/blogs/like-raw-food-blogs

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  • 49. Chrissy  |  March 10, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    I am trying to cut out the HFCS out of my family’s diet. It is hard. I have a hard time finding things in my area that are HFCS free especially breads. I am going to start making my own bread.

    I will admit that I am having the hardest time giving up the sodas. I am getting better though. I am hoping to be completely soda free by Monday.

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  • 50. Sarah Wolfe  |  March 11, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Sara,
    Have you tried the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes method? There’s a book that I saw with this title that is fascinating…wondering if you’ve heard of it…

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  • 51. michael5000  |  March 24, 2009 at 3:57 am

    I love that HFCS ad! I think it’s the most hilariously brazen thing I’ve ever seen. I made up several scripts applying the same logic to other things that are just great in moderation…..

    http://michael5000.blogspot.com/2009/01/high-fructose-corn-satire.html

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  • 52. Susan  |  April 1, 2009 at 9:42 am

    I’m glad to see the conversation still going on here!!

    I knew it was bad, but didn’t realize just HOW bad it was. We can easily do without that stuff in our bodies!

    II agree it’s in soo many packaged foods… I’ve been doing more baking at home for treats and I’m reading labels. Iif it’s in the ingredients it’s NOT in my shopping cart… I also started making my own bread (a la bread-maker). There are okay breads without HFCS (Arnold brand), but it’s full of preservatives.

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  • 53. Kristi  |  April 13, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Just now getting to read this… thank you, thank you, Sara! I know it takes time to blog a hefty post (no pun intended – haha!) like this one. I thank you! 😉

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  • 54. Rachel  |  April 25, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    I linked you on my health blog, I hope thats ok. i am shocked that HFCS has mercury, and not much shocks me these days!

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  • 55. michaelnlindsay  |  May 8, 2009 at 2:08 am

    sara. 🙂 i’ve been sensitive toward keeping red #40 out of our diets – especially the kids’ – as much as possible, and now i’ll be on a mission to keep HFCS out too. i knew it was unhealthy before, but this mercury thing has me ready to eliminate it as vigilantly as i’ve been after red #40. thanks for that good info.

    those commercials are ridiculous. i thought for sure it was an SNL spoof when i first saw it!

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  • 56. cayla  |  May 17, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    I really like this site! I remember seeing that commercial and thinking the same thing! I created a blog to discuss the dangers of artificial dyes and to offer as much info. as I can to get the word out. I will be returning to this site to see more! Thank you for the info! I just learned about high fructose corn syrup last week!

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  • 57. Gry Dla Dzieci  |  June 8, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Let’s forget about the mercury for a minute. High fructose corn syrup is simply awful for you – it’s empty calories in the worst form imaginable.

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  • 58. Heather  |  October 17, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    What a precious piece of snark from the corn industry: “No, going back for thirds made you fat”.

    No mention of how HFCS shuts down the leptin enzyme in the human stomach that tells the brain the stomach is full, thereby *causing* people to go back for thirds. HFCS causes the body to resist leptin; this resistance causes overeating. The stomach is unable to signal the brain to tell the mouth to stop eating. Big Food is aware of this side effect and want it to stay because it makes you overbuy and overeat their product. Evil.

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  • 59. Theresa  |  January 13, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I haven’t eaten more than 50 grams of carbs a day since the early 90s. All my “sugar” comes from veg, fruit, and dairy. I eat almost no grains. In addition to not gaining the “middle age spread” my mother warned me would hit in my 50s, once I cut out all wheat my asthma vanished. Turns out I don’t have asthma, I’m just gluten sensitive. We realized years ago that to have a truly low-carb diet we would have to make just about everything from scratch. Turns out it’s better, cheaper, and easier to grill, broil, and roast our meats while one of us makes the salad and the other makes the cheese sauce, salad dressing, salsa, etc. A completely additive-free meal can be made in 20 minutes! Honestly,jettisoning the carbs was the best decision we ever made. Most people think DH and I are in our early 40s and are surprised to find that we’re pushing 60! Of course 45 minutes in the gym everyday helps, too. Back when we ate carbs we didn’t have the energy to work out.

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  • 60. Ron  |  April 11, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Science through Chemistry, has created a monster, HFCS, and it traps so many people, and no matter how you try, you can’t kill the beast.

    It causes so much suffering in people because it causes their health to eventually deteriorate over time, it does takes a matter of years, but it eventually does steal our health, effecting the
    young and the old, leading to so many of our modern day diseases that Americans should not have. The damage truly comes from what we eat and drink. And there is almost no escape.

    The food and beverage industry is using so much of it, ADM and others can’t produce it fast enough and are constantly expanding their HFCS facilities.

    I have been HFCS free for 4 years now, and really notice the difference. I am 65 years old with arthritis in my lower back, but being HFCS free, I have no pain from inflammation.

    HFCS causes inflammation in tissues, joints, and organs, and when you have any inflammation in the body, it causes pain.

    Being HFCS free will greatly reduce pain that millions of Americans experience everyday or will eventually suffer from the numerous diseases that will befall them by consuming the beast of HFCS.

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    • 61. Lorrie D.  |  September 14, 2010 at 2:33 pm

      Ron, I think you should come up with a cookbook! My husband has just learned that he is starting to have some arthritis in his back, and he is not yet 40. I am 42, and am just beginning to realize the health benefits of non-HFCS foods, not to mention preservatives, artificial this-and-that, etc. It is proven that 70% of cancers today can be prevented through proper diet, lifestyle, and exercise changes. So why aren’t people listening?

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  • 62. carol marino  |  September 10, 2010 at 7:56 am

    not only thaty but nutrasweet. it’s in all od kids stiff too. we are poisoning our children. mymdaughter gives my grandson diet soda. ugh! she;s afraid to give him sugar. sugar is better believe me. nutrsweet turns yor insides to soup! now that’s an eye opener. good lick moms!

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  • 63. Lorrie D.  |  September 14, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Aunt Millie’s brand-name bread does not have HFCS, and there are other products out there that are now leaving this out of their foods. I think the more consumers fight back against HFCS, the more companies will listen.

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