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Hidden Dangers: Foods with High Fructose Corn Syrup

Elizabeth Renter
September 9th, 2012
Updated 11/01/2012 at 10:25 pm
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cornonspoon1 235x147 Hidden Dangers: Foods with High Fructose Corn Syrup

It’s super cheap—cheaper than sugar—and that means processed food manufacturers can load up on it, sweeting their goodies at rock-bottom prices and further driving our waistlines out. It’s high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and it’s found in some pretty surprising places. In fact, the foods with high fructose corn syrup may be foods you eat every single day.

While this Huffington Post article on the hidden presence of HFCS says “the jury is still out” on whether it’s dangerous or any more dangerous than sugar, we know differently. This cheap sweetener has been linked to obesity, learning ability and memory, and high blood pressure, to name a few health issues. As if that isn’t enough, it has also been shown to contain toxic mercury. So, while some would have you believe HFCS is no more dangerous than white sugar (as if that isn’t bad enough), we know differently.

Big money is made in the corn industry—big, big money—and therefore big money is spent counteracting every study and inkling that suggests any product of the industry is less than great for you (HFCS included). Of course consumers are increasingly realizing that HFCS and foods with high fructose corn syrup can be health-damaging, so manufacturers decided to change things up. As the morbid health effects of high fructose corn syrup continue to be brought to the forefront of the media, the Corn Refiners Association has decided in the past to give their cheap product a new name – corn sugar.

Staying informed on the latest research and watching your foods like a hawk can help keep you and your family safe.

Foods with High Fructose Corn Syrup

Here are some foods with high fructose corn syrup that you may have never expected to contain the ingredients – foods you may be eating every day.

  1. Yogurts
  2. Breads
  3. Frozen pizzas
  4. Cereal bars
  5. Cocktail peanuts
  6. Boxed macaroni and cheese
  7. Salad Dressing
  8. Tonic
  9. Applesauce
  10. Canned Fruit

Although their are 10 foods here, we bet you can find many more. It costs companies more to sweeten their foods with sugar, and even more with honey. So, because they are interested in nothing more than the bottom line – money, they often choose HFCS. It’s in ketchups, soups, cereals, pasta sauces, and more.

This is just another reason to steer clear of highly processed foods. Americans consume a whopping 35 pounds of HFCS each year, showing just how prevalent foods with high fructose corn syrup are. Stick with the natural stuff. If it comes in a box, bag, or can, be extra suspicious, or even better—just stay away.

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  • Pat

    I have not yet found a soft drink that doesn't have high fructose corn syrup and most corn is GMO, so I imagine that the syrup made from it has the same genetic changes that our bodies recognize as foreign and go into inflammatory mode, hence autoimmune diseases, and allergic responses. I get terrible painful sores on the back of my head with wheat and do not eat it. God help us! Our food pantry is killing us and it's our companies doing it to us. Thanks

  • schickendantz

    I'm 84 years old. I am raised with sugar. During the digestion the sugar (sacharose) splits up in glucose en fructose so in my whole life, as a sugarholic I ate at least one lb plain sugar a week plus all the sugar I got in my sweeties and drinks (coca cola, seven up etc.) As a child was a bad eater but emptied whole sugarpots. I am still healthy. Not any problems. So, I realze that insuline is flooding from my pancreas in huge amounts to brake the glucose down but where the fructose goes, I dan't know. The glucose is healthy anyway as you get it as food in an intervenus.

    May be somebdy can tell me where the poiseness fructose goes.

    • cornrefinery employe

      The liver.

  • Beverly

    So sad that they have gotten such a foot hold and the American people have all been put to sleep. I have been trying for 30 years to wake up America. We have to ban together and save our children!!!!

  • Stevi

    Labels don't tell you everything. How many of you spend the extra money to buy 100% Pure Maple Syrup? How about if I told you that if that bottle is labeled in VT it's allowed to contain up to 40% Corn Syrup? VT has VERY laid back labeling laws – if it's 60% maple syrup and you haven't added any other flavoring it can be labeled 100% Pure VT Maple Syrup! The reason this is legal and DOESN'T have to be specifically labeled? Because they are casually referring to the TASTE here – the 100% Pure here refers to flavor NOT content! The flavor comes from 100% Pure Maple Syrup – no fenugreek or other compound has been added to enhance the flavor. If you've ever had a physical reaction (stomach pain, heartburn, indigestion) to a "100% Pure Maple Syrup" try a Pennsylvania or Canadian bottled brand. Why? Because Canada and PA have much stricter labeling laws (their's HAS to be about content, NOT flavor), nothing is allowed to be added to their syrups & still be labeled PA or CAN. The more you know…

    • Phyllis Whitney

      Hi and thanks for the info. Can you tell me what grocery stores carry the VT brand? I live in Missouri and shop at HyVee and Price Chopper as well as Natures Pantry, an organic food store.

      Thank you!

    • Beth

      Wow. That's a serious allegation. Do you have any other information readers could look at to substantiate this? Vermonters are pretty serious about their maple syrup. I looked up Vermont's Label Laws on Maple Syrups and I didn't see anything stating other ingredients like HFCS were allowed to be mixed in with Maple Syrup. Check it out.

  • Sky

    If you trust labels – then you are either working for the manufacturer or living in Lala land. Ask your doctor if he/she would eat the contents of the product next time you visit. Bet you they won't!

  • Heather Copeland

    HFCS isn't as harmful to people as the GMO's associated with them. GMO's, in most corn products, are putting dangerous pesticides into our food, water, dirt and now into our skies. Since they were put into our food supply without our knowledge in 1998, diseases have been on the rise, including cancers. Spraying round up on fields of corn and soy is taking a huge toll on the American people. Most countries have banned such things. Angent Orange is coming up for approval at the FDA. Now that we have round up resistant weeds,they have to look to more and more toxic weed killers to keep farmers coming back for more. California, you have a bill in front of you that will force GMO's to be labeled. Vote yes on 37!!

  • Sun Painter

    Dog and cat food!

  • Richard Wells

    It would be a much smaller list to name products that didn't contain HFCS. It's in everything and it's much worst than sugar (which is bad enough).

  • Jana Peterson

    Candy corn

    Pancake Syrup

    Just noticed these in the last week.

    • Anonymous

      Not all pancake syrups contain HFCS- make sure you read the labels.

      • Ash

        One syrup I always bought never did, then one day, BAM!!! Ingredient list changed completely :(