The Fat on High Fructose Corn Syrup

July 10, 2008

Rants, Trends

Poor Ronald McDonald. He gets blamed for everything!

I am one of those Americans who thinks that the “obesity epidemic” is not due so much to larger appetites or McDonald’s, but due to the chemical junk dumped into all the processed foods we eat. When my husband and I started paying attention to what was contained within our foods, we wondered what on earth “high fructose corn syrup” was. It was in everything! It became a running gag between the two of us.

Honey, what are we having for dinner?
High fructose corn syrup, dear!

Honey, would you like cream and sugar in your tea.
No, thanks– just high fructose corn syrup!

I have been thinking that this sugary soup has been causing all our health problems in this country. A grocery store chain in Seattle, Washington, is refusing to stock its shelves with any food that contains high fructose corn syrup. Hurray! Too bad it’s all the way over on the other side of the continent. I found this from The Seattle Times:

The syrup began appearing in a multitude of foods in the early 1980s at a savings to manufacturers because it took less to sweeten a product. Between then and now, Americans went from consuming less than a pound of high-fructose corn syrup per person per year in 1970 to 42 pounds in 2005, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.

The nation’s obesity rate has soared along nearly the same trajectory. And those who warn against consuming too much of the syrup began connecting these occurrences over the past five years, as public health officials declared obesity an epidemic and began searching for answers. Researchers have said that fructose may contribute to obesity by failing to trigger the body’s internal switch that it’s full.

Could this move by the Seattle grocery store be a new trend? I for one am very pleased about their decision. Now if only they would do something like this in New York!

I also wonder why those news magazines TV shows are always “exposing” fast food restaurants but don’t say much about Big Sugar and the high fructose corn-syrup poisoning going on? Hmm.

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5 Responses to “The Fat on High Fructose Corn Syrup”

  1. Jacqueline Says:

    Great observation. If you investigate further, you’ll find that sugar is poison (like a bee’s sting) and it causes bodies to swell.

  2. Mo Says:

    Other than raw veggies and meat, what is that grocery store going to stock???

  3. Carol Says:

    I live across Puget Sound from Seattle, and I have seen many labels on foods now that clearly state they do not have HFCS. You have to read the labels. Not all things have it in them. For instance, Lipton’s bottled raspberry iced tea does not. Granted, it is a processed ‘food’, but just an example. Also, Kashi does not put it in their cereals. They use cane sugar syrup, which is easier to digest anyway.

  4. Jennifer Robin Says:

    I hadn’t heard about this, but kudos to them! What store is it?

    I have been told by three different sources, one an MD and one a research specialist, that HFCS is being linked as a direct cause of diabetes. A friend who is diabetic removed it from his diet, and has not had a problem with his blood sugar since!

  5. Jennifer Robin Says:

    Never mind my question, I read the link!