Well, it's time to find a new loaf of bread again.
I have recently resolved to eliminate High Fructose Corn Syrup from my diet. It is an unneccessary sweetener in so many of our regular groceries, it almost makes me sick. If we consumers change the way we shop, the food industry will hear us. That is how we can make a change.
Take for example rbST. If you look on your milk carton, I guarantee you that it says "Made from cows not treated with the artificial growth hormone rBST." Ask my brother, and he'll tell you that artificial growth hormones as a principle are not bad, but the point is that consumers changed the industry overnight. When a large body of consumers changes the way it shops, the industry changes in response.
So with that said, I am changing the way I shop, and we are changing the way we eat. I've been the primary grocery-shopper for my household for 7 1/2 years (and for the last year and a half, I have also been a paid grocery shopper by trade), and I have come to rely on some favorite brands. Here is a list of all of our favorite, regular foods in my house that I now intend to replace with their non-HFCS sweetened couterparts. Well it is all about to change. And this is going to be painful.
- Sara Lee Classic 100% Whole Wheat Bread
- Yoplait Yogurt
- Smucker's Strawberry Jam
- Sweet Baby Ray's Barbeque Sauce
- Kraft Barbeque Sauce (all varieties)
- Heinz Worchestershire Sauce
- Hunt's Ketchup
- Wishbone Italian Salad Dressing
- Mountain Dew (and all other sodas)
- Keebler Fudge-Stripe Cookies
- Mr. Yoshida's Original Gourmet Sauce
- Keebler Club Crackers
- Keebler Fudge Stripe Cookies
- Hershey's Chocolate Syrup
- Applesauce, most brads (unless it says "All Natural")
- Frosted Flakes Cereal
While it might be hard to enjoy foods sweetened naturally instead of with HFCS, it is all a matter of conditioning. If you are conditioned to the taste of super-sweet applesauce, naturally sweetened applesauce will be hard to adjust to (hard to "swallow" if you will). That's why we're switching. I don't want to be accustomed to unnaturally sweetened products anymore. I want my children to appreciate the tast of applesauce for what it is: apples.
Once we've conquered HFCS, our next battle might be switching to free-range chicken, or grass-fed cows, but I can't wrap my brain around them all at once.
Here are some resources (from both sides of the debate) to educate yourself before you jump down my throat. I don't like debating, I just know what irks me, and HFCS irks me.
The movie that started it all: Food, Inc.
A list of HFCS-free foods: http://www.stophfcs.com/list.html
I welcome your input on your favorite HFCS-free brands.