Weird things sometimes happen for a reason. This week, I started watching this program that I found on the DVR called The Blood Sugar Solution which aired on PBS not long ago. I thought Dave had recorded it, so I started watching it. He later asked if I had recorded it, and I said no, I thought you did. He said no. So nobody claims to have done it. It must have been a child mishap with the remote control. Weird, huh?
Anyway, this is a program by a doctor who outlines various (negative) changes in the modern diet which have resulted in most of our modern day health problems like obesity, diabetes, etc. The things he talks about in this program are not suprising, not new information to me..... it was all things that I have heard a million times before (way too much sugar, not enough fiber, too much processed food, too many preservatives, etc). We KNOW this. We've heard it all before. But for whatever reason, that particular day I was in the right frame of mind to watch the program, pay attention, and feel ready to even make some changes based on what he was talking about.
So these days there are 1001 things to watch out for in the foods we eat.....saturated and trans fats, pesticides, hormones, genetically modified this-and-that, sugars, gluten, glycemic index, you name it. One of the things that struck me the most from that program was high fructose corn syrup. Gross, in its modern day Frankenstein chemical makeup (and did you know what a rotten, pest-infested crop corn is (and therefore one of the most heavily pesticide treated crops???).
I decided to take inventory of the things we regularly eat and see if they contain HFCS and see what the alternatives are at the store when I go shopping. Reading all the food labels, I am shocked and disgusted about how it's in everything. But there are a few particularly bad offenders: some juices (particularly lower quality and store brand juices), jelly, pancake syrup, applesauce, ketchup, and BREAD (really?? bread? why they gotta put that crap in bread?).
Luckily I was easily able to find alternatives for many of those things. Ketchup was easy-- ALL of the Hunt's products do not contain HFCS and Simply Heinz does not also. Jelly was fairly easy too, as long as you read the labels. Bread was a little harder, but you do just have to stand there and diligently read all the labels. It appears that all the Arnold's brand breads are HFCS-free (which I can get at BJs for no more than I was paying for our regular brand). Applesauce was easy as long as you get the "Natural" kind or "no sugar added" which means it's nothing but apples and water..... the standard regular version is loaded with HFCS.
I was relieved that a lot of the major things that I feed my kids are good to go....... 90% of their juices (which I have always watered down by at least 100% anyway), waffles, cereals, etc. I'm still having trouble with pancake syrup because there does not seem to be a LITE HFCS-free option...... Log Cabin brand does not contain high fructose corn syrup but they don't have a lite version. I'm not sure which is worse. I'm sure the kids can stand a few extra calories.
The more you know, the more you should be afraid of everything. Ugh. It's a messed up world.