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Fructose corn syrup - why is it everywhere??

I just realized that my children's bread has high fructose corn syrup. I usually read the labels on most things but I missed it. They've been eating it for years. Why do they slip it in everything? I need a quick quide, a symbol, required by the govt. One symbol, a big sticker, in red, that says "high fructose corn syrup". I'd like another for partially hydrogenated oils. Thanks for the vent.

Mon. Nov 12, 1:30pm

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It's in everything because it's a cheaper ingredient than sugar.
It's cheaper than sugar because the US government subsidizes it.
Why would the government then warn you about it??

Monday, November 12, 2007, 1:50 PM

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Read Michale Pollan's Omnivore's will truly open your eyes. You won't see things the same anymore. Corn is so pervasive in our diets that our carbon isotopes are altered.

Monday, November 12, 2007, 2:41 PM

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As a person with a corn allergy, I can agree with the frustration. But as the second poster suggested, I don't see anything changing anytime soon.

Monday, November 12, 2007, 5:45 PM

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One thing you can do to cut back subsidies NOW is let your senator know THIS WEEK while the farm bill is being debated. This will set subsidies for the next 5 years!


Monday, November 12, 2007, 6:15 PM

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It's in everything because the government wants us to be addicted to food, spend money on more food, get fat, keep eating, keep buying, get fatter, be distracted by our fatness, and poor health, spend more money on pills and medical treatment to "fix" our fatness and poor health...all the while giving us cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and rendering us infertile. I think it's the government's ploy to kill off less intelligent people or just keep them "healthy" enough to be good consumers and keep eating and buying.

Do I have it wrong?

Monday, November 12, 2007, 10:15 PM

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Not one bit! I agree with everything the last poster said. And when you buy wholesome foods, it's SO expensive. I went to Wal-Mart yesterday to buy juice for my children for school. Wal-Mart brand apple juice, which is gluten free (another allergy for us) and 100% juice and water was TWICE the price of the Hi-C (should stand for HI Corn Syrup). Unbelievable!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 4:08 PM

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4:08. I understand completely the frustration with higher prices. I usually counteract that frustration in my mind by thinking about how much happier my body is by spending that extra dollar.

Also, this thread makes me think of a documentary that is coming out soon (?) called "King Corn".

See the trailer:


Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 4:17 PM

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It is like 1984 by George Orwell. They dont really care about us. They care about their money. Keep making bigger cars and upping the gas prices. AHH!
Corn syrup drives me crazy! Why is it in most yogurts? this is counter-intuitive. I try to eat something right just to see the big HFCS on the side- as the 2nd ingredient!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 4:44 PM

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I shop at whole foods, and I (trial by error) found out there is still HFCS in some of their products! I don't understand? Why would they still sell these products?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 6:45 PM

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I've learned to read the labels very carefully. If I see HFCS, I don't buy it. I guess that's the only thing we can really do at this point. And if enough of us don't buy products with HFCS, then the manufacturers will get the point and change things.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 6:53 PM

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