What is high fructose corn syrup? It is a sugar alternative that is commonly used by US food manufacturers due to its lower price. 41.5 lbs of HFCS is being consumed by an average American on a yearly basis which is not a healthy habit at all. Thus, here are the ways for you to lower down your HCFS consumption.
1.) Before you avoid eating foods which have high fructose corn syrup, you must first be aware of the reasons as to why you are recommended not to consume them. For example, if you are allergic to corn, then HFCS is definitely not for you. Extreme harvesting of the crop can also harm the environment. HFCS may be genetically modified as well.
2.) Consume beverages from Dublin Dr. Pepper and Jones Soda for these manufactures use cane sugar in their products instead of HFCS. You can even purchase HFCS-free Mexican soft drinks from Mexico or Canada. Coca Cola’s Passover Coke is also good for you. This beverage doesn’t have HFCS and it can easily be found in a grocery store. Just look for that soda bottle which has a yellow cap on it.
Simply avoid all sweet drinks such as iced tea, lemonade, sports and soft drinks if they contain the corn syrup.
3.) Make sure that the foods that you are buying are 100% organic. These foods don’t have HFCS so check their label for this information.
4.) Hams, sausages and sliced bread can contain HFCS even if they don’t taste sweet. Again, check their labels.
5.) As much as possible, don’t dine in fast food chains. Their products are full of HFCS.
6.) Purchase fresh ingredients and cook them at home instead. Stay away from processed and refined food if you want to live a longer life.
7.) Avoid eating sweet treats as well. If you 2000 calories in your body, then make sure that you only get 8 tsp of added sugar on a regular basis. Below are a few foods containing more than 35% of sweeteners:
- Cini-minis at Burger King
- Dairy Queen’s huge Mr. Misty Slush
- huge shake at McDonald's
- pancake syrup (1/4 cup)
- Marshmallow Blasted Froot Loops at Kellogg
- Lemon Fruit Pie of Hostess
- Pepsi (12 oz)
- ice cream (1 cup)
- fruit yogurt (1 cup)
Foods that You Can Eat
Having an HFCS-free diet doesn’t imply that you have to consume sour tasting foods all the time. Below are a few products together with their respective brands which you can eat while sticking to your food plan.
- Classico brands and Ragu flavors pasta sauce
- Blue Sky and China Cola soft drinks
- Natural Applesauce from Mott
- Dove and Cadbury chocolates
- Ice creams from Ben and Jerry's and Breyer's
- Mayonnaise from Hellman
- Ketchup from Heinz
- Fruit spreads from Welch
- Naturals products(condiments) from Annie
- Life, Grape Nuts, Cheerios and Kashi cereals
All of these items are HFCS-free so go ahead and give them a try.