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Blog Prompt: HFCS Rant

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I've blogged about this before but I never miss a chance to get up on my soap box about HFCS.

A little over a year ago I started having gut issues and they got progressively worse. I was in pain and that wasn't the half of it. I finally got an appointment with a specialist at University of Iowa clinics. It turns out that they are leading the way in the study of fructose intolerance and so were able to diagnose my problems quickly. It turns out to be fructose intolerance.

I have to limit my fructose intake quite a bit. But the worst problem is HFCS. When I got sick I was on the Kellog's Special K diet. I used to put cool whip on my cereal for a treat. Guess what! that was the big problem. Special K is advertised as "Healthy: but it is not, it contains HFCS.

My specialist said that HFCS is a cause of our obesity problems because it doesn't make you feel satisfied but makes you crave more sweets. HFCS is not widely used in other parts of the world and international visitors think everything here is much too sweet.

I have hosted international students from Asia in my home and they always think the breakfast cereal and yogurt are too sweet here.

I happen to live in the heart of corn country, in fact I can see a corn field out my front window. I understand the importance of good corn prices for the Iowa economy. I guess they have good reasons for using it. Still, I would love to see HFCS out of most of my food. It is not a natural food, it goes through a long process using man made enzymes. It seems to keep ADM and Cargill in business.

I can't eat any barbecue sauce, most bread, many kinds of crackers, most flavored yogurts, and many breakfast cereals. I have to read the tiny print on all labels. It annoys the heck out of me.
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