High fructose corn syrup is a harmful substance that companies use to sweeten their products without paying the cost of real sugar. Although it’s great for the manufacturer’s pocket, it’s destructive to our bodies. Foods with high fructose corn syrup lead to:
- Leaky Gut
- Fatty Liver Disease
- And more
If you’re interested in learning more, you can check out my post Dangerous Side Effects of High Fructose Corn Syrup.
What Foods Should I Avoid?
There are many tasty foods with high fructose corn syrup that I bet you had no clue! Because you and your family’s health is important, I’m on a mission to expose and teach others about the dangers of this horrible substance. I want you to be healthy and live as long as possible. That’s why I’m going to share with you 12 foods with high fructose corn syrup to stay far away from.
1. Chef Boyardee.
I don’t know about you, but I used to love Chef Boyardee! Not only is it affordable, but it’s such a convenient and yummy meal! (My favorite was the Ravioli’s & the Beefaroni.) My heart was broken when I learned to read a nutrition label and found out this food was bad for me.
My health is extremely important to me; way more important than the satisfaction I’d get from eating these foods. That’s why I decided to let it go completely and only eat spaghetti with wholesome, quality ingredients. I definitely believe, so should you!
2. Chips Ahoy.
Seriously, who doesn’t enjoy a good cookie? However, Chips Ahoy cookies are not good cookies. Because let’s face it, if the food doesn’t promote life for you and your family then it’s not good! Although I admit, mixing these with some milk is most certainly savory, I will not allow any foods in my house that promote illness and disease.
Yup! Chips Ahoy cookies contain high fructose corn syrup. It’s a shame that companies resort to artificial sweeteners that cause diseases in people to make an easy buck. Oh, and did I mention? High fructose corn syrup is highly addictive. That’s why once you start eating this tasty snack, it’s incredibly difficult to stop. It’s also why it keeps ending up in the shopping cart.
So what does my family eat? I’ve switched to eating Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies. Now, if you know how to read a nutrition label then you know this food is still processed. However, it doesn’t have HFCS and is acceptable in my household. They’re smaller sized cookies and make a great snack for lunch. Yes, you can still eat cookies!
3. Pepperidge Farm Cookies.
While we’re talking about cookies, I should mention that Pepperidge Farm does put HFCS in some of their cookies. There are some products by them I find absolutely great. Unfortunately, you still have to make sure you’re checking those label while grocery shopping.
This caught me completely by surprise because they’re packaging says, “We’re parents too.” I totally trusted them. Don’t worry, their cheddar goldfish and Chessmens are still high fructose corn syrup free! (They’re another great snack to take on the go!)
Okay, I’ll get off the cookies soon I promise! Who would’ve thought Milk’s Favorite Cookie was one that caused so many health problems? And not only does this cookie have HFCS, but there’s also 14 grams of sugar in just three cookies.
And let me remind you that 4 grams of sugar are equal to one teaspoon. That means eating 6 cookies is the same as ingesting 7 teaspoons of sugar. This puts the consumer as a very high risk of hypertension, heart problems, and diabetes. Cut this junk out of your life before it steals it!
There’s no denying that soda is literally everywhere. Coke and Pepsi are constantly fighting for our attention (and money) by ads, commercials, and coupons. Not to mention, every restaurant you go to has one of these on the menu. Seriously, could you imagine going to a fancy restaurant and finding out they only serve Sam’s Cola?
Every single store carries soda because it’s such a hot impulse purchase. But if you want to be healthy and encourage your children to be, you must cut out soda. Soda damages your organs and has absolutely zero nutritional value. That’s a whole lot of empty, dangerous calories. The main ingredient is high fructose corn syrup. Yikes!
But for real, if phosphoric acid is used to remove rust then what the heck is it doing to your insides?!
The only soda I’ve found that does not contain HFCS, (but I still won’t buy it) is Jarritos. There are many flavors. Although I wish you wouldn’t drink any soda, at least purchase the one without high fructose corn syrup if you insist on drinking it.
6. Popsicles & Ice Creams.
One thing that really irks me is the fact companies target children with their harmful products. So many popsicles contain high fructose corn syrup that I thought I’d never find one without it! You can always make your own (which is a great idea), but I finally ended up finding some alternative ice creams for my family to enjoy.
The Popsicle brand offers a sugar-free product that does not have HFCS. I’m not gonna say it’s healthy (because it ain’t), but we’re still winning the battle against high fructose corn syrup.
I hope by now you’re beginning to see that your house can be HFCS-free!
Also, there’s an ice cream called Carb Smart that tastes great and is a healthier choice. It’s currently one of my favorites and they do not last in my home! 100% recommend!
Poptarts are so popular that it’s something almost every family owns as part of their breakfast. Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, you certainly should not have food with high fructose corn syrup.
These ‘breakfast foods’ are stunting your daily potential by harming your body as soon as you wake. Plus, can you imagine how bad the knock-off versions are if the name brand is so bad? This is definitely a food you want to keep away from your children and out of your home.
Please don’t freak out like I did when I first discovered ketchup was filled with high fructose corn syrup! Because there are some out there that do not have it.
Finding ketchup without high fructose corn syrup was a seriously hard challenge! Every single bottle I picked up had it listed as the first ingredient (meaning it was the main ingredient). I was absolutely crushed.
Do you know how much I use ketchup? A lot! Way too much to live life without it. After searching countless bottles, I finally found one that is HFCS-free. It’s Hunt’s 100% Natural Ketchup. And guess what? It tastes the same!
However, I automatically assume that restaurants only carry ketchup with high fructose corn syrup. It sucks, but my health (and yours) is worth it!
9. BBQ Sauce.
Yup, another great tasting sauce that I can’t live without. The majority of Barbecue sauces out there contain HFCS, but after a long scavenger hunt, I finally won.
Jack Daniel’s makes HFCS-free barbecue sauce, but my favorite is Heinz Memphis Sweet & Sour BBQ Sauce. I’m telling you, this sauce is freakin’ awesome! It’s definitely a great and healthier alternative.
Again, I’m sure many restaurants use barbecue sauces that are not healthy so be mindful of that when you go places.
What’s a pancake without syrup? A choking hazard – haha. No seriously, pancake syrup and pancakes go hand in hand. I personally couldn’t eat a delicious pancake without it. That’s why it’s no surprise that I was devastated to learn most syrups have high fructose corn syrup.
But by now you know that I will always find a way! Although 100% maple syrup is definitely recommended, I found Log Cabin Syrup that tastes just as great the bad stuff. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still not considered ‘healthy’, but ‘healthier’ will have to do.
After all, we love our pancakes.
Other syrups to beware are the classic Hershey flavors such as Strawberry and Chocolate. I can’t believe I used to pour it straight into my mouth. Protect your family from these liquid sugars.
Personally, I can live without juice. My kid, on the other hand, asks for it daily. When I first made the switch to a healthier lifestyle, I could not find a juice without HFCS. It seemed impossible and I thought juice was something my child was going to have to avoid like the plague.
Luckily, Kraft removed high fructose corn syrup from Capri Sun in 2015. It’s literally the only juice I buy for my son beside fruit juices such as apple, orange, and cranberry juice. I love it because they’re great for when company comes over or when packing a to-go bag.
In case no one has told you, thank you Kraft!
There’s another great alternative out there that’s actually healthy for you, unlike regular juices. It’s called Body Armor. Although it’s considered a sport’s drink because it replenishes electrolytes, it’s great for regular consumption!
It’s made up of coconut water, stevia, and vitamins. The Lyte ones only have 20 calories and 3 grams of sugar per serving. I’m serious, these drinks are definitely something you want to stock up on when you have the chance. You will not regret it! (My favorites are Peach Mango and Blueberry Pomegranate.)
12. White bread.
We all know that wheat bread is healthier than white bread, but did you know a lot of white bread has high fructose corn syrup? It’s true and so unfortunate.
The great news is there are many healthy brands out there! My favorite is Pepperidge farm 100% whole wheat bread, but I also buy Old Tyme, Sara Lee, and Nature’s Own. The most important thing, besides reading the nutrition label, is making sure it’s 100% whole wheat.
So What Now?
Now that you know which foods to stay away from, are you going to actually do it? Remember that foods with high fructose corn syrup lead to all sorts of illness and disease including cancer. I certainly don’t want that for you or your children.
You can make a difference!
Teach your family about the dangers of these foods and help them to enjoy life. Keep in mind that our body is the only vehicle we have to travel through this world and our quality of life is directly proportionate to its health.
Share this post on social media to help raise awareness of these harmful foods and to protect the ones you care about.
That’s all for now!