02 Apr Sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup
This past Friday night we watched a documentary about the food industry. Yea I know, “loser”, watching a food documentary on a Friday night, but I’m ok with that. Food manufacturers have jumped on the “fat is bad for you” craze and have put labels on the front of food boxes saying their products are “low fat “or “no fat” to sale and appeal to dieters. The problem with this is that when they either take away fat or no fat is present then they add sugar to make their foods taste good. One example about how manufacturers trick us with the terms low fat and no fat is: the documentary took a bag of sugar and placed a label on the front of the bag that said 100% natural and fat free. This statement is true of sugar however you would not pick up that bag and ingest the whole thing. One ingredient food manufacturers use to cut cost, add flavor, and provide a food that has a long shelf life is high fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn sugar can be found in breads, cereals, sodas and packaged foods. This sounds genius, low cost and long life; you can’t beat that with a stick. Actually what is really happening is they are making a product that looks and tastes like food, however, it is just a man-made product that is very bad for you. I have preached for years how important it is to read and understand labels and to eat foods that are closest to their natural state, not processed foods. I have written in past articles that when reading the ingredient list on foods and you notice the ingredient high fructose corn syrup- just put it down and step away-it’s not worth it. I feel like I rambled a bit in this article and could have gone into way more detail, but just wanted to write briefly about these subjects.
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Cory Lee, LPTA, RRCA-Running Coach, L-1 Crossfit Coach