But it was KFC that was the straw that broke this camel's back. I occasionally eat lunch there because I work in West Oakland where there is nothing near by. When I eat biscuits I enjoy a bit of honey and butter on them. I was reading the ingredients on the "Honey Spread" and first ingredient was high fructose corn syrup! That's when I realised that this HFCS had just gotten to out of hand. In Europe and Japan they don't put HFCS in every thing including sodas. I guess Americans, they assume we wouldn't notice. Admittedly it is has been very hard for me to stop eating HFCS. Especially when I was back home in the Deep South. I still have my slip-ups, and I have a jar of jam in my fridge that I intend to finish, I hate to waste food. But I'm not buying anything else that has HFCS. I have definitely gone most of the past 3 months not buy HFCS drinks and I can totally tell the difference when someone ask me to taste a drink that has HFCS in it. It has this lime-ish (like the fruit) taste that is very noticeable in ginger-ale and other clear sodas. I've learned a few things in the past few weeks that I think I will help anybody else who wants to eliminate HFCS.
- If you love ketchup, stick with Hunt's. Hunt's has always been my personal favourite for it's thickness and salt:sugar ratio. But it's also one of the few major brands that by default has no HFCS, and it's still cheap. Just double check as Hunt's recently went with a new HFCS formula therefore older stock may have HFCS.
- Check every label! Sauces, chips, not just sweet stuff. They hide this stuff everywhere
- HFCS and corn syrup aren't the same thing. Corn syrup is distinct from high-fructose corn syrup, created when corn syrup undergoes enzymatic processing that produces a sweeter compound containing higher levels of fructose.
- Learn to make your own sauces, it's not that hard. Especially if you love Chinese sauces like sweet and sour, duck sauce, etc. You can make a big batch and it will keep a pretty decent amount of time in your fridge. Otherwise, spend the extra dime and buy all-natural condiments.
As I gain more info on common non-HFCS I will let you know.
have a happy Monday,
Jasmine 100% sweet, now with no HFCS