That’s right amigos (and ga’s)! It’s on…. When high fructose corn syrup emerged as the new trans-fat of nutritional villains, I looked into the dangers of this sweetener to see exactly what the claims were. Turns out that while the corn industry is making a serious PR push to say that their product is EXACTLY the same as sugar (the studies backing these claims were paid for by Pepsi and the American Beverage Association among others with a stake in the findings), other studies have found that HFCS can slow the decrease of appetite after consumption (leading one to eat more) and causes triglycerides to increase, an indicator of risk for cardiovascular disease. Clearly, while this stuff may not be deadly, HFSC poses a threat, and I decided to strike it entirely from my diet.
It was then that I discovered how invasive this additive is; HFCS has slithered its way into nearly unavoidable ubiquity.
So I’m throwing down the gauntlet. Starting this morning, I’m scouring labels and making more cuts than the auto industry. I plan to unearth just how prevelant HFCS has become in our diets, but also how we CAN keep it to a bare minimum. We’ve been told for quite some time now that the key to a healthy diet is cutting out processed foods (consequently the precise place you’ll find the highest content of HFCS). I see this as a step in the right direction – challenging as it may be. Feel free to share your substitutions, or surprising places you’ve found the culprit.
More updates on this soon…. and the continuation of The Miami Story (with photos!).