What is Hiding in your Health Food? – High Fructose Corn Syrup
Consumers are finally becoming more conscious about healthy food and healthy lifestyle. There is the fact that what we put in our mouths influences a lot to our health. Since consumers finally wake up and see these realities, they are now demanding healthier food choices. Every food company on every box of anything is smearing 100% natural. They don’t pay attention what they put inside the box.
The new duplicitous or sneaky name that all of us have to know is High Fructose Corn Syrup.
Obviously the best way to avoid this “fault product” is to buy from companies you really trust.
Is evident that big food companies are hiding ingredients in their products. They are conscious that we really don’t want to consume them. This time we talk about the presence of a new version or type of high fructose corn syrup. It is not about the innocuous fructose that has sweetened the fruits. This is a very questionable ingredient with many names that could cause all sorts of health issues and problems.
The product is General Mills’ Vanilla Chex. It is actually an updated form of the Chex cereal that most conventional grocery and discount stores sell for many years. The box clearly states, with big letters sometimes, that the product contains “no high fructose corn syrup” (HFCS). But, if you turn it over to read the ingredient list, you will actually find the new isolated fructose.
Why is this problem?
According to the CRA- Corn Refiners Association, there’s been a sneaky and unscrupulous name change. The manufacturers use now the term ‘fructose’ to designate a product that we previously knew as HFCS-90. That actually means that it’s 90 % pure fructose. Compare this to what is termed ‘regular’ HFCS, which contains either 42 or 55 % fructose, and you will get the idea why General Mills is so “hopeful” to keep all of us in the dark.
CRA also explains: “Manufacturers use a third product, HFCS-90, sometimes in natural and ‘light’ foods, where very little is needed to provide sweetness. Syrups with 90% fructose on the label will not state anymore high fructose corn syrup. They will state ‘fructose syrup’ or ‘fructose’ “.
And the way that they escape with this is very simple: “Simply eliminating the high fructose corn syrup designation for the laboratory sweetener that’s nine-tenths fructose and calling it what it really is: fructose. That’s how processed-food products (like Vanilla Chex for example) that actually contain “fructose”, can now state itself to be high fructose corn syrup-free.”