Why “No Added High Fructose Corn Syrup” Now Means Almost Nothing
The people that make the food that your family eats are lying to you so that they can sell more of their food. Lately there is a lot of talk about high fructose corn syrup and the possible/potential health risks of consuming too much if any of the cheap sweetener.
The product is General Mills’ Vanilla Chex, an updated version of the Chex cereal sold in most conventional grocery and discount stores for many years. The front of the box clearly states that the product contains “no high fructose corn syrup” (HFCS), but turn it over to read the ingredient list and there it is – the new isolated fructose.
If I were to ask you if you believe what food manufacturers tell you, what would you say? If you are anything like I used to be then I bet you believe everything they tell you, right? Why would they lie? If they say there is no high fructose corn syrup in the food you are eating, and that is important to you, why would they be less than honest?
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a food ingredient that has become widely used as a cheaper replacement for natural sugar during the past 40 years. That 40 year time span has also seen skyrocketing incidence of obesity, diabetes, and other metabolic diseases. While as yet it has not been established that HFCS is the direct culprit, the circumstantial evidence is hard to overlook.
What about this evidence? I have found that the second you mention to somebody that sugar (high fructose corn syrup) is, or may be responsible for obesity and a ton of metabolic diseases they seem to take it personally. People want to believe that our obesity epidemic is from people being lazy and eating too many calories.
Here are the facts about high fructose corn syrup:
Researchers at Princeton gave a group of rats access to high fructose corn syrup, and they gave a separate group of rats access to a lot of “rat chow“. What was the result? The rats who ate typical rat food were fine and the rats who had high fructose corn syrup given to them gained “considerably” more weight, about 48% more. The HFCS rats also started showing signs of metabolic syndrome, a condition in which quite a lot of negative health issues all happen at once.
Why do food companies do this?
As for General Mills, it has a history of deceiving the public. Earlier this year, it was prohibited from labeling its products that contain synthetic ingredients as ‘natural.”
Food companies do this because they know that most of the people who buy their food do not know any better. We assume that a big corporation has our health in its best interest and so they must be truthful when they list their ingredients.
The truth is, your health is up to you!
Waiting for big food companies to be honest when they are adding unhealthy ingredients to their food is a waste of time. They want one thing, and that is to sell you more food even if it literally contributes to your early death.