High fructose corn syrup-the words make me cringe. I am not the model parent when it comes to avoiding this, but I do keep it out of the house as much as possible. It's really disgusting. I am so excited for summer and the Farmer's Market!
I do think this study will encourage people to give their kids more sugar. That is unfortunate, but everything in moderate is key! I don't limit all sugar, just a lot of it!
FROM NBC: High fructose corn syrup may lead to bigger waistlines and an increased risk for health problems -- a new study shows -- but some experts disagree with the findings. Researchers at Princeton University found rats given water sweetened with high fructose corn syrup gained more weight than those given table sugar.
They were also more likely to develop metabolic syndrome and have high triglycerides. However, some experts take issue with the study methods, and say the findings are preliminary. They also worry the research will make it seem like sugar is healthy.
Rather, they think Americans should reduce all sweeteners in their diet -- not just one type. The Princeton researchers were not able to determine *how* high fructose corn syrup causes more damage than table sugar. High fructose corn syrup is in many common food products, and is one of the main ingredients in soda.
High-fructose syrup is found in a wide variety of foods and beverages including juice, soda, cereal, bread, yogurt, ketchup and mayonnaise. It is much better to stick with plain, white sugar than to allow children to consume high-fructose syrup in any form. Limiting the amount of sugar included in a child's daily intake can help them live a longer, healthier life too.
Avoid these culprits
A lengthy list of fast foods that contain high-fructose syrup can be found at the Fast Foods Nutritional website. You may be surprised at some of the foods that include this ingredient including many fat-free salad dressings, ketchup, mayonnaise, honey-mustard sauces, and even rolls. Even Subway Foods doesn't escape the list.-NewsAnchorMom Jen
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