TALK TO ME TUESDAYS- WHAT IS HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP?

Welcome to Talk To Me Tuesday! While I still await for the questions to start pouring in, I will continue to address questions that have been lingering about recently.

I'm sure you all have seen some commercials lately about High Fructose Corn Syrup. In the commericals they have one person not wanting to eat a product that contains this substance, while the other person refutes them by giving them the "real facts" about it, ensuring it's safety and comparing it to natural sugar. Well, call me a conspiracy theorist if you like, but whenever I start to see commercials defending the consumption of any one thing, my radar goes up.

Per my own research about high fructose corn syrup, I do my best not to consume any product where it is used as an ingredient. The difficult part is finding products without it these days, although most organic processed products I have found do not contain it as an ingredient. It is found in most all soft drinks, juices, ketchup, crackers, jams and jellies, breads and salad dressings just to name a few. To view an extensive list in progress, click here.

Well, I decided to do some more digging to uncover more information about high fructose corn syrup and this is what I found:

High Fructose Corn Syrup is (from Wikipedia) any of a group of corn syrups that has undergone enzymatic processing to convert its glucose into fructose and has then been mixed with pure corn syrup (100% glucose) to produce a desired sweetness. In the United States, consumer foods and products containing high-fructose corn syrup are typically using HFCS as a sugar substitute.

Some Reasons why High Fructose Corn Syrup has replaced sugar (from Wikipedia):

It is somewhat cheaper in the United States as a result of a combination of corn subsidies and sugar tariffs/quotas.

Since the mid 1990s, the United States federal government has subsidized corn growers by $40 billion.

It is easier to blend and transport because it is a liquid.

As I continued researching, I found there is a lot of conflicting information out there on the safety of high fructose corn syrup. There is still a lot of research being conducted on this issue. However, I did find multiple studies that lay claim to the consumption of high fructose corn syrup being heavily linked to obesity and diabetes.

There are also people taking a stand against its use. Naturalnews.com reported that in Seattle, PCC Natural Markets has removed all products containing high fructose corn syrup. They also mention, "Because it is so cheap to produce, critics also say that high-fructose corn syrup has encouraged food manufacturers to add empty calories to staples such as breads and cereals, simply to add a bit of sweetness and make the food taste more appealing."

The above information only scratches the surface of what is out there on this topic. It just seems to me that it all comes down to dollars. It's cheaper than sugar so the manufacturers use it instead. I personally take issue with this and that is why I choose not to consume it. I also really don't believe it's good for you. I think when it comes down to saving money, the effects of doing so may not always be considered i.e. our health. Again, this is only my opinion. I invite you to investigate for yourself and make your own judgments based on what you find. You can go to the actual corn refiners website to hear their side of the story by clicking here. I also found another interesting article you may want to read about the dangers as well by clicking here. It's always good to look at all sides before making an opinion.

The bottom line is, to be your healthiest, it's best to limit your intake of processed foods in general, whether they contain high fructose corn syrup or not. The more natural and living foods you consume, the better off your body will be! It's not always easy and I know for myself I need to put this more into practice as well. So, let's all work on this together! Deal?! Great, glad to hear it! :-)

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