Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Hidden Ingredient

Recently, I read this post on Amy Ellen's blog. About the same time, I read an article in USA Today about the perilous effects of high fructose corn syrup in our diets. Apparently, High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is hidden in an enormous number of commonly consumed foods and its consumption is linked to the sky-rocketing levels of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and metabolic disorders in our nation.


Curious, I decided to take a look in my own pantry and refrigerator and learn which foods contained HFCS. Here are some of the items I discovered:




Are you surprised by any of these items? I was!!! It was certainly no surprise to discover HFCS in Hershey's syrup, dessert items, or even jelly, but I was totally shocked to see that it was in bread crumbs, diced tomatoes and Special K!!! Also, I was saddened to learn that it was in my beloved Heinz Ketchup, and in my favorite Yoplait yogurt, not just the regular yogurt, but the "sugar-free" light Yogurt!!! What a cruel trick on dieters -- why put Splenda and HCFS in the Same Product????





No wonder Americans struggle with their weight, when even "diet" products, such as Special K cereal, Fiber One bars, and sugar-free yogurt contian HCFS! According to the article in USA Today, not only does HFCS raise triglyceride levels and decrease insulin sensitivity, which both increase the risks of heart disease and diabetes, but "it can inhibit your body's ability to use leptin, the naturally occuring hormone that signals when you're satiated. In some people, it can actually convince us that we're starving, when when we've eaten our fill."


Like a hidden sin that destroys us from the inside out, this is a hidden ingredient with destructive qualities that needs to be eradicated from our pantries and our bodies! Unfortunately, this may prove to be a daunting task.

5 comments:

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

This is one of the main reasons I started cooking from scratch because corn syrup is in everything! I realized it wasn't that hard to make most of those items from scratch and it is less expensive. Thanks for shedding light on a little known subject!

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

I've gotten on this bandwagon lately, too. I am used to buying off-brand products whenever possible, but I've discovered that sometimes the cheaper brands have HFCS when the more expensive brands don't. (Not always, but sometimes.)

Rebecca's Refining said...

Once again...thanks for your love of reading and research! :) I think my beloved sister loves to torture me with revealing these little known secrets! Now I will have to check out my pantry....
Maybe that could be Ben's problem of not being able to lose weight...(and mine). I will have to do some checking too I guess...thanks! :)

Jules said...

I'll have to check out our lables but I've never even heard of HFCS (and I don't think we can buy corn syrup here).

As for Special K, I know it's sold as a diet food, but I was always under the impression that it heavily laden with sugar and therefore not really a good cereal for anyone, let alone those trying to lose weight. In my opionin, oatmeal is a far better choice for breakfast.

Jules said...

Oops, should proof read before I publish. "Labels" and, "it is heavily laden" and not what I typed the first time.

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