WARNING: They Don’t Put THIS on the Nutrition Label

Want to know a fast and easy way to lose weight?  Stay away from all products containing high-fructose corn syrup!  Studies have linked the consumption of this ingredient to obesity.  (See graph below.)

HFCS graph

What is high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and what are the health risks?  Here are some fast facts:

  • HFCS is a combination of fructose and glucose, made by changing the sugar in cornstarch to fructose.
  • HFCS is commonly used as a sweetener and preservative because it is cheaper than sugar and extends “shelf-life” of processed foods.
  • HFCS is a high in calories and low in nutritional value.
  • Health risks include type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and promote obesity.
  • Mercury has also been found in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverages that use HFCS according to the Washington Post.
  • On average, people consume 12 teaspoons of HFCS per day, and about 80% more for teenagers (Washington Post).

Below are just SOME of the brand-name products that use HFCS.

Ocean Spray Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

Mott’s Applesauce

Smucker’s Walnuts in Syrup Toppings

Goya Passionfruit Nectar Frozen Concentrate

Minute Made All Natural Berry Punch Juice

Capri Sun All Natural Mountain Cooler Fruit Juice Pouches

Yoplait, Danon, Trix (yogurts)

Perdue Honey BBQ Chicken Breast Chunks

SoLean Cheeseburgers

Oscar Mayer Pickle and Pimiento Loaf Slices

Starkist Lunch To-Go with Premium Chunk Light Tuna in Water

Chicken of the Sea Tuna Salad Kit Single Serving! – Mayonnaise & Onion

Campbell’s Healthy Request Chicken Noodle Soup

Swanson Fat Free Vegetarian Vegetable Broth

Chick-Fil-A Cheesecake, small coca-cola classic

McD’s Sausage McMuffin with Egg

Burger King

Dunkin’ Donuts

Kellogg’s Protein Plus Special K Cereal

Robitussin Honey Cough Natural Cough Drops Honey Center

I always tell clients that nutrition is not about deprivation.  So while it may seem like there are more foods that you CAN’T eat than ones that you can, don’t be discouraged.  The key is to replace these items with healthier, fresh choices.  Here are some tips for limiting HFCS intake.  If these don’t work, contact Solaris Whole Health!

  • Limit processed foods.
  • Be a label detective!
  • Avoid foods that contain added sugar.
  • Choose fresh fruit rather than fruit juice or fruit-flavored drinks. Even 100 percent fruit juice has a high concentration of sugar.
  • Choose fruit canned in its own juices instead of heavy syrup.
  • Drink less soda, more water
  • Don’t allow sweetened beverages to replace milk, especially for children.

For more information, visit the Solaris Whole Health website and Foodfacts.com!

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  1. […] fructose.  Remember that fructose makes up about 55% of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) (see our entry on HFCS), which has detrimental health effects including diabetes, high blood pressure and […]

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