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High Fructose Corn Syrup Everywhere!

by bkhoury on September 29, 2011

I have to admit that I prefer to do most of my grocery shopping at a store such as Trader Joe’s mostly because I’m lazy and always rushing through the store like a mad woman and they make it easy for me.  I place my innate trust in them.  I know that if I pick up whole grain bread it doesn’t have preservatives or other unsavory stuff.  (Note:  I’m not getting paid to say this). Unfortunately Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods is not “just around the corner” from me.  So the other day when I went into our local big box chain grocery store to do some serious last minute shopping I was frustrated beyond belief.

I tried to purchase some graham crackers and everything had high fructose corn syrup in it!  Then I wanted some applesauce. The second ingredient on the “natural” brand was salt and all the rest had high fructose corn syrup. Cereal… check. High fructose corn syrup. Come on, don’t they make good ol’ fashioned sugar anymore? The last thing on my list was bread.  Whole wheat bread. Couldn’t be more simple. Nope! Every single brand had high fructose corn syrup in it!  When did this happen??  Luckily the beer aisle was right next to the bread.  I picked up some pure German brew in disgust and went home. 

My experience makes me realize how much “stuff” is hidden in our foods.  And do we really know what any of these foreign sounding ingredients are? Over the next few months we will be examining the ingredients of food in order to become better shoppers and influence with our wallets. 

In the mean time, if you choose to not include high fructose corn syrup in your family’s diet be ever vigilant.  From ketchup to Asian sauces to crackers and bread, it can creep into your food before you even know it. 

  • Great post!  Yes, high fructose is in everything—and in many, if not most, school foods.  The kids of this country are fast food addicts by first grade.

    If you want to be shocked, go to most local public schools and see what the children are unwrapping for breakfast and lunch.

    We need to love our children enough to feed them real foods-even if it means cooking for them.

    By Windy Daley on October 4, 2011 at 10:54 PM
  • At last! Someone who understands! Thanks for ptonsig!

    By Ollie on October 19, 2011 at 01:58 AM
  • My son, also has his own business, J. Edwards Fine Chocolates, Gourmet Cakes, & Unique Gifts, est 2003, in Kokomo, IN.  Besides our own cahoclotes and cakes, we carry gourmet foods   Rothchild Farms, Stonewall Kitchen, Dutch Kettle, etc.  Your cocktail sauce sounds wonderful and I think it would fit in great.  The question is: Do you sell wholesale?  Please let me know   we would love to try your product.Thanks,Debbie

    By John on August 21, 2012 at 11:14 PM
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