Sunday, November 15, 2009

High Fructose Corn Syrup

Why is it that the only decent jelly and jam I can get in my grocery store are imported from Switzerland? Let me clarify. By decent, I am referring to real jelly, made with real ingredients, of which I will only accept fruit, pectin/gelatin, and sugar. High fructose corn syrup, despite the American Corn Grower’s Associations aggressive ad campaign, still remains a chemical in my eyes because it is a highly processed form of sugar that has been linked to obesity and higher risk of diabetes as a result. While there is not conclusive evidence that high fructose corn syrup is solely responsible for this, it came widely into use in the 1970's, around the time that Americans began to get fatter as a population. It also has been shown, on many occasions to contain trace amounts of mercury, which can become dangerous and toxic when it builds up in the body. Yes, it is cheaper than sugar, and extends the shelf life of a product, with its preservative, but cheaper is not always better.

I discovered Hero jellies when I was living abroad in Madrid. It's a funny thing. In Europe, high fructose corn syrup is not used to sweeten. They use actual sugar. Even in Coca Cola products, sodas are sweetened with sugar. In Europe, there isn't the huge problem with obesity that we have here. Coincidence? Read this and see what you think for yourself:

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