Saturday, February 9, 2008

The Ubiquity of High Fructose Corn Syrup

High fructose corn syrup is everywhere, even in foods that don't seem to have any need of it: yogurt, ketchup, cookies, crackers, salad dressing, tomato soup, frozen foods (where it helps prevent freezer burn), and bread. Even ignoring the possible health risks, it doesn't seem like a good idea to be adding sugar to all these foods - but just try avoiding it. It is nearly impossible to find a mainstream fruit juice that doesn't have any corn syrup in it, even the flavors that are supposed to be less sweet; the only kinds I have found that sometimes skip the high fructose corn syrup are apple (apparently sweet enough) and grapefruit juice that says "No sugar added" on the label. Most bottled drinks contain high fructose corn syrup, including some marketed as all-natural and healthy. Even tonic water contains it, as a friend discovered when she decided to cut the high fructose corn syrup out of her diet; gin and tonics are her favorite drink, so she was disappointed to give up tonic water. She finally found one non-major brand (Super Chill) that makes a diet tonic water without the syrup, so she can keep drinking her gin and tonics this summer.

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