High fructose corn syrup and it’s variants are found in a wide variety of processed foods including soft drinks, breakfast cereals, muesli bars, confectionery, packaged cakes, biscuits, salad dressings, McDonald’s sauces, jams, ice cream and even some breads. Soft drinks are the biggest offenders for Australian kids as it’s been estimated than more than 50% of Australian kids consume sugary drinks daily.
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is commonly used as a sweetener because it's so cheap compared to sugar. It’s about half the price and it’s 75% sweeter than sugar. Though unlike sugar, which is grown in a field, HFCS is made in a lab or a factory which is the main reason I avoid it.
So how is it made?
Now I’m not advocating that sugar is good for you, but just highlighting that compared to HFCS it’s practically spinach! Sugar and sweet foods should be eaten as treat foods and in my opinion the best ways to enjoy sweet flavours is with fruits like berries, watermelon, cantaloupe, kiwi fruit, plums, peaches, etc or by using whole dates in recipes rather than refined sugar. You can also use over-ripe bananas in baking and reduce the amount of sugar added or use banana and fresh berries in smoothies and skip the honey.
Eating sweet foods as a wholefood rather than a refined processed food product is much better for you and your family. It’s also harder to overeat these products, compared to soft drinks, lollies or milk chocolates. Check your labels and be aware of the amount of HFCS your family is eating and drinking.
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