There’s High Fructose Corn Syrup in THAT Too?!

The great kitchen purge is officially over… finally!  Sunday was spent cleaning out the fridge and cupboards of all the foods not on our new plant strong diet. Funny enough, this task was much easier and more enjoyable than I could have anticipated.  Why? As I was removing items, I started glancing at the ingredients label.  Those mile-long ingredients lists we jam-packed with words I couldn’t pronounce, items that did not look like they could possibly be derived from anything natural, and, almost always, high fructose corn syrup.

Victims of the Great Purge

Did you know, just about EVERYTHING has high fructose corn syrup in it?   I wish I was exaggerating.  It was in our barbeque sauce, mustard, chips, cereal, ice cream… even my ketchup!  And it isn’t simply buried somewhere in the list of ingredients; it is often the third, second, or quite frequently the first item on the list!  Isn’t ketchup simply vinegar and tomatoes?  What business does it have being there??

Now, I’m not going to get up on my soapbox and preach about the evils of high fructose corn syrup.  I don’t know enough to know how bad it may or may not be.  No, my bigger concern is the sheer volume of it.  One thing I do know is that a variety of foods makes for a healthier diet.  However, it looks like my diet thus far has included a great deal of just one thing.  This doesn’t seem to be a healthy, balanced diet.  And I must admit, after finding it in my precious ketchup, I was more than a little outraged.

Now, my kitchen is clean, neat, and high fructose corn syrup-free.  I thought the great Clean Out Day would be challenging, but I ended up gleefully tossing items in the trash. (So much so that I think my hubby is a little worried about my state of mind.)  This little clean up job ended up solidifying my belief that we needed to change our dietary habits.  I would challenge everyone to start reading the ingredients on their food.  What is more important than what we use to fuel our bodies and those of our children? Almost as importantly, ketchup deserves so much better than high fructose corn syrup!

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