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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.

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High Fructose Corn Syrup Scorecard for 11/11/07

November 11th, 2007 . by admin

The last two weeks, I didn’t plan the grocery outing, so we ended up “outsourcing” more than I care to. Last week, I did a mid-week trip and brought home less than half of what I usually do. It was easy to avoid the dreaded substance.

This week, I did the full trip, with a bill to match. Out of the full week’s take, only three items contained high fructose corn syrup.

  • Publix Premium multi-grain bagels
  • Publix brand chocolate chunk granola bars
  • 2-liter bottle of Publix brand root beer

I can understand why it’s in the root beer, but granola bars and multi-grain bagels? Isn’t multi-grain anything supposed to be better for you?

For those of you outside of Florida, Publix is the leading grocery chain here. Many of their store-brand items are on-par with or exceed the quality of national brands. Their tagline is, “Where Shopping Is A Pleasure.” Publix Supermarkets are an oasis in a world where owners’ profits are more important than employee and customer satisfaction.

No High Fructose Corn Syrup!

November 6th, 2007 . by admin

I went grocery shopping today. No items in my cart contained the dreaded substance and I didn’t even go to one of those organic food markets!

For several years of my adult life, I somehow knew it couldn’t be good for you. I haven’t studied it in-depth, but I’ve learned that it’s an engineered mutant substance and significantly less expensive than cane sugar or beet sugar. The temptation is too great for a food service industry firmly entrenched in capitalism, enslaved by the almighty bottom line.

Even the foods we think of as healthy contain it. Budget some extra time for a slightly longer trip to the supermarket. Read the ingredient labels on what you buy. Don’t worry, it won’t add much time to your trip. HFCS isn’t buried too far down in these lists. On a bottle of soda, it’s usually the second one. Most of the time, you’ll see it in the top five.

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