Just in the past 2 weeks I have seen/heard/learned of some pretty disturbing things in the food world. If you read my blog, you know that I have a great interest in food and have made it a hobby of eating healthy and learning how to eat even healthier. I find it fascinating all the wonderful things GOOD, WHOLE foods can do for our bodies and, on the other hand, what can happen when we eat a lot of crappy food.
So let me start with the first unbeLIEvable item....
I was watching TV one day when it went to commercials and on came a very bright, fresh, and lively ad - a women happily walking through corn fields as the narrator explained confidently that Corn Sugar is a wonderful thing and should be consumed just like regular sugar. I was baffled, was this a SNL commercial spoof? Did this really just happen? I then went to YouTube to find out if there were more like it, and yes indeed there are a whole bunch of commercials promoting that High Fructose Corn Syrup is good for you. And the FDA has now given the go-ahead to label this artificial, genetically modified syrup as "natural." Why do this anger me so?
Because they are lying to you and me!
Here is one of the commercials:
Okay, so why is this commercial out of line in my mind? Because HFCS really is bad for you. Well, first of all I think it is funny that they are comparing it to cane sugar (white sugar). Because, guess what - the refined cane sugar (that most people use) is also not good for you either. But HFCS is worse - read this article.
Both HFCS and the typical white cane sugar have been modified and processed from their natural state making them un-whole and un-natural foods. And I believe anything that has been modified from it's original state is not good for a NATURAL body - our bodies aren't built to process that kind of stuff. That is why they are trying to change the name to "corn sugar" - so it sounds more natural - and natural is so in right now.
I found this mock-ad on YouTube that exposes "What they say about it..."
And they mention "in moderation." Well, let's see...HFCS is in EVERYTHING that most Americans eat...
Ketchup and condiments (the worst thing you can feed your kids!!!)
Soda (and if it's diet soda, then you are drinking Aspartame, which is probably even worse...)
...Basically anything that is processed foods (almost any food that comes in a wrapper or container)
I have read some articles about HFCS and I will share what they say. But even without those facts, it seems pretty simple to me - you put the 2 and 2 together - people who eat a lot of food with HFCS (and table sugar) in it are overweight and unhealthy. So it would be best to avoid those. Rats know it's bad.
HFCS is also very addictive - our bodies will want more and more of it and turn off it's desire for natural sweets and other healthy foods.
So, what are good replacements for HFCS and table sugar? Well, I have never seen HFCS for sale at the store, so obviously I'm not putting it in my food - so the best replacement is to avoid foods that have HFCS in it (i.e. processed/packaged foods). In my own cooking and baking I use whole sugars (and usually minimal amounts - I don't like things too sweet). Good whole sugars include: Sucanat, raw honey, agave nectar, ripe bananas, stevia, and palm sugar. These sweetners are natural and whole and your body will process them easily. Find out more about natural sweetners here.
So there you have it...this is where I stand with HFCS. I can't say I don't EVER eat things with HFCS in it - I did have some Red Vines over the Holidays...but I can say that I do more often than not choose not to eat it. I would encourage you to educate yourself on this topic and choose what is right for you. After all, omitting HFCS from your diet will only result in added health to your body!