What is HFCS? High Fructose Corn Syrup and it is the topic of much controversy and anger among consumers. Many researchers state that HFCS contains empty calories that lead to increased weight gain and health issues.
While some continue to debate the real difference between HFCS and other sweeteners, manufacturers are getting the hint. Pepsi has announced that it would be removing HFCS from its Gatorade products; Con-Agra plans to remove the sweetener from its Hunt’s ketchup and Kraft is doing the same with its Wheat Thins and Snapple drinks. Even on the local levels, such as in San Francisco schools, HCFS has been banned from chocolate milk used for school lunches.
Now What? Many consumers are now looking to ‘natural’ alternatives to use as sweeteners such as:
- Stevia products
- Agave nectar
- Raw, organic honey
Also, don’t underestimate the value of fruits and fruit juices as sweeteners or substitutes to satisfy sweet cravings.
While the debate is still on to determine the best alternative for HCFS, it is evident that consumers are starting to read the labels and raise the bar regarding the ingredients in their foods, especially those responsible for feeding children – and companies are getting the message!
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