This ingredient can be found in many products in your local supermarket. High fructose corn syrup is, in fact, one of the most common added sweeteners in processed foods and beverages. There are several health disadvantages to consuming this sweetener including weight gain, dental ailments, increased risk of heart attack, and diabetes. The key to preventing these products is reading the labels and making sure there are no added sweeteners. These are some commonly bought products with a high level of fructose corn syrup:

 

Yogurt

Many yogurts are loaded with added sugar and some even contain high fructose corn syrups. The better option?  Buy plain natural yogurt and sweeten it yourself with fresh fruit or muesli.  

 

Salad dressings

Even though they might claim to be “lite” or  “reduced calorie,” some salad dressings are still filled with high fructose corn syrup. Make your own healthy version out of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and herbs or look for natural and organic salad dressings.

 

Condiments

Many common condiments contain this ingredient in order to preserve the look of the product and extend shelf life, similar to soda. Use items such as ketchup, barbeque sauce and mayo very sparingly or buy organic which will contain no HFCS.

 

Bread

HFCS has found its way into this staple that used to be just bread and water.  Look for an all-natural, whole-grain loaf with few ingredients instead of one with any type of high fructose corn syrup or sweetener.

 

High fructose corn syrup may add that sweet flavor that is desired, but there are many healthier options to choose from with the same intense flavors. This was just a small list of products that contain this additive, others include breakfast cereal, snack foods, fruit drinks, jams, sauces and ice cream. Be proactive and read the labels of the food you purchase at supermarkets. Something you might think is healthy might surprise you.

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