We have heard of the good and the bad with this ingredient. The commercials (promoted from the corn companies) say it is fine to eat. BUT doctors and nutritionists say it is bad. BAD! It is a cheap way to sweeten our food. Almost all processed food has this ingredient; even bread. Look at your ingredients people! Did you know that Coke made in the USA uses this, and Coke from Mexico uses only sugar? Did you know that? I love Coke from Mexico. I don’t indulge often, but when I do.. it is so obvious. So, let’s try to stay away from this. I try to stay away from this sweetener. I would rather eat raw sugar than this stuff. Why not? It is natural, where this stuff is not. Yes, you will read the good and bad of it all, but folks get real. We, humans, were not meant to eat chemicals. We were meant to eat whole natural real foods. Just a thought.
High Fructose Corn Syrup is in:
Granola, Energy and Breakfast Bars
Granola, energy and breakfast bars are typically high in fiber and considered healthy for you, but the addition of high-fructose corn syrup can offset this benefit. The addition of the fructose enhances the flavor of the fruits, balances the spices, provides a soft texture and keeps the product fresh longer in its packaging.
High-fructose corn syrup may seem unlikely in savory spaghetti sauces but it is necessary to balance the spices and to keep them from being too acidic or bitter from the tomato products.
The high-fructose corn syrup balances the tangy taste in condiments such as ketchup. In recipes just a touch of sugar is needed to enhance certain spices and this is why it is necessary in condiments such as salad dressing, bottled marinades and barbecue sauces.
High-fructose corn syrup is common in many brands of cereal, particularly those aimed at children. Even the healthier cereals could be packed full of this sweetener. Always read labels to see how much the product contains.
High-fructose corn syrup gives that golden-brown color to breads and baked goods, enhances the flavor of fruits found in the breads and desserts and prevents sugar crystallization for a soft texture.
Frozen Concentrated Beverages
Fruit juices in frozen concentrate cans may be less expensive due to the limited packaging needed for them, but they are often loaded with high-fructose corn syrup.
Canned sodas are not the only beverages that are full of high-fructose corn syrup. It is found in commercially prepared eggnog, commercially packaged lemonades and sweet tea, chocolate-flavored milk and some juice boxes that school-age children are so fond of.