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5 Hidden Sources of High-Fructose Corn Syrup

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High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is one of the worst things you can put in your body.

Studies show it is linked to some of the world’s deadliest diseases.1

Why is HFCS so lethal? Unlike other sugars, HFCS is metabolized almost entirely in the liver. And when you drink a soda or eat something full of HFCS, your liver is overwhelmed. It can’t convert the fructose into glucose fast enough. Glucose is a form of sugar your body can readily use.2

Instead, it starts making fats from the fructose…and sending them into the bloodstream.

This stops your body from responding to insulin.3 It leads to a myriad of serious health conditions such as metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, and dementia.

HFCS Is Linked to the World’s Most Deadly Diseases

If HFCS is so terrible, why do food makers use it? It’s not because they want to kill you. It’s because they want to maximize their profits. HFCS is the cheapest way to make food sweet.4

Everybody knows HFCS is in sugary foods and drinks like candy and soda. But it lurks in other foods you’d never expect to find it in.

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Beware of These 5 Hidden Sources of HFCS

  1. Ketchup and Barbecue Sauces. Ketchup, America’s favorite condiment, is often one quarter HFCS. Barbecue sauce is even worse. It can be half HFCS. Check the health food aisle for brands that use natural sweeteners such as raw honey.5,6
  1. Salad Dressings. Most commercial bottled dressings contain high amounts of HFCS. Instead, make your own dressings at a fraction of the cost with extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, and your favorite fresh herbs. In addition to HFCS, many dressings include unhealthy artificial colors, flavors, and other chemicals.7
  1. Sports Drinks. We figure they are made for athletes, so they must be healthy. In reality, they often have as much HFCS as soda. Organic coconut water is a good substitute.
  1. Protein Bars. They are marketed as healthy energy boosters. But they can be loaded with HFCS. Some bars contain 5 to 7 teaspoons of it. Healthier high-protein snacks include pastured hard-boiled eggs, organic almond butter, raw nuts, hummus, and tuna. 8
  1. Multi-Grain Breads and Crackers. Just because it says multi-grain or whole grain doesn’t mean it is healthy. Most contain HFCS.

HFCS can hide in plain sight. Food manufacturers are legally allowed to call it a variety of things on labels. They include inulin, glucose-fructose, iso glucose, isolated glucose, isolated fructose, and fruit fructose.9 A general rule of thumb is that if it ends in “ose,” avoid it.

Remember that foods labeled natural or organic can also contain HFCS.

Here’s the bottom line: Check ingredient labels closely—no matter what the front packaging claims. Bring a magnifying glass to the store if you need it to read the fine print. We’re not kidding.

The FDA allows manufacturers to use type as small as a sixteenth of an inch in height. Food makers take full advantage of this regulation to make it as difficult as possible for you know what’s in their products.10

But it’s more than HFCS causing diabetes rates to skyrocket. There are hidden triggers increasing your diabetes risk right now. Ones you’d never expect…

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In Good Health,

Angela Salerno
Executive Director, INH Health Watch

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