Do you even know what High Fructose Corn Syrup is?

….Well, do you? What do you truly know about high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)? What have you heard about it?

HFCS. (picture credit: pacifichealthlabs.com)
HFCS. (picture credit: pacifichealthlabs.com)

You probably have heard this– AVOID HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP!

HFCS will kill you.

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Will it though? Is HFCS really bad for us??

Positive Eats says.. NO. Because no foods are bad, remember?

But how many times have you heard from other people, or read in magazines to avoid foods containing HFCS? Perhaps you even dismiss all foods that may contain this seemingly dreadful ingredient. But before you go spreading propaganda to your friends, do some research and choose to spread knowledge instead.

The thing is, HFCS is not much different from regular table sugar. Table sugar is about 50% fructose and 50% glucose. HFCS is about 55% fructose and 45% glucose.

Fructose (think fruit) and glucose (think cereal grains) are both naturally occurring sugars.

There have been no definitive studies showing our bodies metabolize HFCS differently than regular sugar.

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Many packaged sweets have HFCS. This means they contain a lot of sugar. Is sugar bad? No. But too much sugar is part of an UNbalanced diet.

A truth that we do know, and can personally observe, is that many packaged foods contain HFCS. Pop-tarts for instance have HFCS. And you will see clearly on the nutrition label that they have 14 g of sugar per serving (HFCS contributes to this of course). On average, men should have about 37.5 grams of added sugars daily, and women about 25 grams.

Sugar is not bad. In fact, it is a form of carbohydrate and we need it for energy. Just be sure not to overdo it. 😉

Be  aware of the nutrition in the foods you are eating, and make sure you have a healthy balance of carbohydrates, protein, fat, and essential vitamins and minerals.

Whether you choose to consume HFCS or not, do not fear it. Do not label it as bad. Do not fear any foods. Do not label any foods. Foods are there to nourish our bodies. The healthiest thing we can do is to be aware of nutrition when we eat, and to help educate others so they may make their own food decisions. Everyone has the right to food education. You cannot tell someone what or what not to eat, but you can help educate on how different foods serve as different vehicles of nutrition.

Happy Eating and go tell someone the truth about HFCS today! (In case you forgot..the truth is that HFCS is NOT BAD!! But it IS a sugar. And there are general guidelines for how much sugar we should eat in order to maintain a healthy body. :D)

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