- Sep 22, 2006
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Anyone else make a point not to eat anything with high-fructose corn syrup or corn syrup in general?
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I try to eat healthy and elimininate all processed foods from my diet, but as a bartender I just can't resist the free Red Bulls and fountain cokes.
HFCS is 55% fructose and 45% glucose. Sucrose (table sugar) is 50%/50%. And those rats are injected with amounts of sugar so massive it'd be next to impossible to actually consume that amount of sugar without feeling ill and losing appetite.
Wikipedia says this: The most common types of high-fructose corn syrup are: HFCS 90 (mostly for making HFCS 55), approximately 90% fructose and 10% glucose; HFCS 55 (mostly used in soft drinks), approximately 55% fructose and 45% glucose; and HFCS 42 (used in most foods and baked goods), approximately 42% fructose and 58% glucose. Whether it's healthy or not, the cane and honey sweetened colas that I had in NZ several years ago tasted much better than coke.
I've avoided it for years. It's more of an avoidance of sugar than HFCS in particular, and it gets me reading nutrition and ingredient labels as well. I think that's the much more important part. Companies put sugar in lots of strange things like pasta sauce and ketchup, so reading the labels for that stuff helps me find the ketchup that usually tastes better anyway. It's more of an awareness-raising thing for me. That, and I detest sweetened hamburger buns. Yuck.
Sugar is used in pasta sauces, breads, and ketchup because it makes them taste like they should. It's an ingredient used when those foods are homemade too.