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High Fructose Corn Syrup Scorecard for 11/26/07

November 26th, 2007 . by admin

Dr. PepperI didn’t do the last grocery run, and I didn’t do a scorecard. This week, I purchased 67 food items at the supermarket. 5 items contain high fructose corn syrup. The usual suspects were there, but there were a few surprises. As you know, I am continuing to expose the products that contain this substance and highlight the ones that do not.

This week’s scorecard features some obvious culprits, a surprise appearance in some foods, and one surprise absence.

The Obvious Items

Ghirardelli dark chocolate and mintDr. Pepper is Renee’s favorite soda. It was on sale, and Renee moderates her consumption (i.e. she doesn’t drink soda in lieu of water). If Austin wasn’t such a carbonation fiend, this 2-liter bottle would last us a few days. Dr. Pepper is a “better than nothing” soda for him, so that still lets Renee enjoy about half the bottle. There is no surprise here. High fructose corn syrup is pervasive in soft drinks. You’d have to pay a premium at an organic food market for carbonated soft drinks that don’t contain “the substance.”

I couldn’t pass up the Ghirardelli chocolates. The small serving size mitigates their caloric impact, yet still satisfies the craving. The regular dark and milk chocolates don’t have high fructose corn syrup. I imagine the mint filling is where this nutritional transgression occurs.

French Toast SticksSweet foods for breakfast is non-negotiable for Austin. Mornings are already rough for him, so this is a battle I choose not to fight. I will always encourage him to eat something with complex carbs and some protein. At least this one is made with whole wheat bread.

Next time, I’ll prepare it in-house instead of outsourcing. I use Martin’s Whole Wheat Potato Bread. Each slice has 4 grams of fiber, and you guessed it – this loaf is free of high fructose corn syrup. Austin will eat about 3 slices of it in the form of French toast. 12 grams of fiber never went down easier.

What about the syrup? I transitioned to real maple syrup before Austin moved in. His wasteful ways with syrup caused me to go back to the American way. Real maple syrup is about 3 times more expensive than store brand pancake syrup. His habits are improving, and I will transition back to real maple syrup soon. Besides, real maple syrup tastes a LOT better.

High Fructose Corn Syrup, The Surprise Ingredient

Peanut butter crackers High fructose corn syrup sneaks in everywhere. It’s in many high fiber bran cereals, bread, bagels, and yogurt. I’m sure the quantities are low in the less obvious items, but it’s there. It still wreaks the same havoc on your insulin production. Sugar in a concentrated form fools your body into producing more insulin than it really needs to digest the current payload of nutritionally barren American cuisine.

Fiber One Granola BarsI was shocked to find it in these granola bars here. Foods high in fiber are supposed to be healthy! The nutrition label boasts 9 grams of fiber per bar. That’s about 7 more grams than the typical American eats in a day.

It’s a pity. Simple carbohydrates digest the fastest. Proteins and fats digest the slowest. Fiber doesn’t digest at all. It’s these slower digesting and non-digesting foods that keep us feeling full longer. This would be the perfect snack if it didn’t have high fructose corn syrup.

Surprise Absence

Fox’s U-Bet Chocolate SyrupFox’s U-Bet is a pleasant surprise. I like chocolate syrup, and this is great for those times I like to put a little in my coffee or add it to plain yogurt for some variety.

One of my axioms is, “I don’t trust people who don’t like chocolate and people who don’t read.” Fox’s U-Bet is less expensive than other national brands and not much more than the store brand.

The Ghirardelli milk chocolate squares mentioned earlier are also free from high fructose corn syrup.

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