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Does It or Doesn't It Contain Corn Syrup?

Does It or Doesn't It Contain Corn Syrup?

Corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are used by many companies instead of sugar because they're less expensive. Even though they're made from corn, they're also highly processed, so your body processes them differently than regular sugar. HFCS and corn syrup also contain more calories and carbs than sugar, and since eating them can lead to type 2 diabetes and obesity, it's best to enjoy these in moderation. Do you know which foods contain them? Take this little quiz to find out.

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Nestle Cookie Dough

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Ghirardelli Walnut Brownie Mix

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Progresso Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

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Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail

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Prego Tomato Basil Garlic Tomato Sauce

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Heinz Ketchup

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Milk Chocolate M&M's

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Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough Ice Cream

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almostloli almostloli 8 years
just make sure you control your intake, instead of avoiding everything with HFCS.. it's kinda hard
mrsld mrsld 8 years
OMFG!!! First let me give my credentials- I have a bachelors in Chemistry and a masters in Food Science. Now, I guess I will start at the bottom and move up. Prana- Modified Food Starch is NOT NOT NOT like corn syrup!!! That is like saying that sugar and flour are related because they are both dry powdery products! Little miz- HFCS is NOT concentrated. In fact it is less "concentrated" then sugar. It ranges from 70-77% carbohydrates vs. sugar which is 100% pure. Your naivety about the subject is pretty upsetting to me. Liquid sugar is a Franken food???!?!?!?!? Liquid sugar just means that it isn't further processed into a dry powder! So actually it is "less processed" Isn't that what you are saying you want?!! JLB- Mercury is not allowed to be added to a food. It is against FDA regulations. If it's in your HFCS then its contaminated! DivineDebris- stop eating processed foods and it is very easy to keep items in moderation. Chere/Wackdoodle/Spectra/ Hithats/Cornrefiner-- It is really disturbing how ignorant people are and how easily the general masses can be swayed into believing complete falsehoods. Thank you for sharing the real story and trying to stop the madness! Articles like this are why places like the Center for Science in the Public Interest should be shut down! There is no science and it's not really in the public’s best interest to be fed lies. Fit- HFCS does not have twice the calories and carbs as sugar. There is no evidence (scientific) anywhere that says that HFCS causes Type II diabetes anymore then sugar, honey or any other sweetener. PLEASE, I BEG YOU, CHECK YOUR FACTS!!!! It really disappoints me that you are publishing lies. What else do I read from you that is wrong and because I do not have a background in it I don't know?
PranaAngel PranaAngel 8 years
The chicken soup has another version of corn syrup--"modified food starch" is a relative of corn syrup and just as dangerous.
lindssaurussss lindssaurussss 8 years
im just gonna assume corn syrup is alot of processed foods.. you cant read and avoid everything you eat. I mean just control what junk you eat and you will be fine. nothing wrong with eating it. ever heard of orthorexia?
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 8 years
Check out The issue is that we are getting too much of it and yes, it's concentrated. Honey is natural, but still has a high glycemic index.
cherecherry cherecherry 8 years
As a Registered Dietitian, I feel the need to clear up some myths about high fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup has been the subject of a lot of attention and misinformation in the past few years. Most of the problem stems from confusion about what high fructose corn syrup really is. Most people have heard of high fructose corn syrup, but aren't aware of how similar it is to common table sugar. Scientists continue to confirm that high fructose corn syrup is no different from other sweeteners. It is essentially the same as table sugar and honey, and has the same number of calories. No single food or ingredient is the sole cause of obesity. Rather, too many calories and too little exercise is a primary cause. Many factors contribute to the development of obesity, yet nutritionists, health experts and researchers generally agree that obesity is a complex problem and its cause cannot be simply attributed to any one component of the food supply such as sweeteners. Even leading former critics of high fructose corn syrup reached a consensus that this sweetener is indistinguishable from table sugar in its metabolic effects and that it can not be linked to obesity any more or less than other caloric sweeteners (December 2008 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition). This consensus echoes the most respected medical body in the world, the American Medical Association, which stated last summer that “high fructose corn syrup does not appear to contribute to obesity more than other caloric sweeteners.”
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
plus_2_kid I had the unfortunate experience of donating 5 months of my life to a carbohydrate chemistry laboratory, I KNOW what the difference is between fructose and glucose, and the metabolic pathways by which they are used in the body. This is why I stated it very clearly in my posts -- posts which I think you should reread by the way, since you clearly missed what was being said. (no response to the honey is fructose reality check, huh?) I'm not going to explain either article you've posted because I think the processes are quite beyond your understanding of the topic (the liver acts as a "traffic cop"? my god the general public is stupid if they have to dumb down concepts to such a metaphor) Go enroll in an introductory biochemistry or biology course so you can learn what you're body actually needs to stay healthy and how it actually consumes food before you subscribe to a feigned understanding of fructose or glucose and what is good or bad for you in your diet.
megania megania 8 years
I guessed DOES on everything and only got three right. I'm a little surprised that the cookies and the brownies don't have HFCS--but I'm also very happy about it because I LOVE that cookie dough.
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 8 years
Since I don't know your credentials, I'm going to trust the doctors quoted in numerous articles like the following: And no offense but I'm not listening to anyone with the moniker "Cornrefiner". Finzup -- no tradersjoes or whole foods where I live unfortunately. hithatsmybike -- And there is a difference between glucose and fructose - just because they all end up as the same thing doesn't mean the route they take to get there are all created equal:
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
Cornrefiner Cornrefiner 8 years
High fructose corn syrup, sugar, and several fruit juices are all nutritionally the same. High fructose corn syrup has the same number of calories as sugar and is handled similarly by the body. The American Medical Association in June 2008 helped put to rest misunderstandings about this sweetener and obesity, stating that “high fructose syrup does not appear to contribute to obesity more than other caloric sweeteners.” Even former critics of high fructose corn syrup dispel long-held myths and distance themselves from earlier speculation about the sweetener’s link to obesity as the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition releases its 2008 Vol. 88 supplement's comprehensive scientific review. Many confuse pure “fructose” with “high fructose corn syrup,” a sweetener that never contains fructose alone, but always in combination with a roughly equivalent amount of a second sugar (glucose). Recent studies that have examined pure fructose - often at abnormally high levels - have been inappropriately applied to high fructose corn syrup and have caused significant consumer confusion. In 1983, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration formally listed high fructose corn syrup as safe for use in food and reaffirmed that decision in 1996. Consumers can see the latest research and learn more about high fructose corn syrup at Audrae Erickson President Corn Refiners Association
jlb88 jlb88 8 years
HFCS has mercury in it btw
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Oops, sorry about the double post!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
HFCS is not in "everything"...last I checked, my lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, nuts, chicken, eggs, broccoli, carrots, tuna fish, and oatmeal didn't have any. So if, say, my ketchup has HFCS in it and I eat a tablespoon of it on my food, I'm not going to freak out. Sorry, that's just my viewpoint on it. If you eat a lot of processed foods and are trying to buy processed foods that don't have HFCS in them, why bother? There are so many other ingredients in some of those foods that you could worry about, so why single out the HFCS? If only about 10-20% of your diet is processed foods, you're probably doing fine.
divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
I hate that HFCS is in everything, or so it seems to me. It's sad that it's so much cheaper than sugar so most companies turn to it. It's difficult to say away from, so in moderation is not completely realistic.
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 8 years
Yes, there is a difference between just corn syrup & HFCS. The red flag is the "HIGH" fructose. It means it is much more concentrated. BTW, I read that HCFS and MSG are both neurotoxins. I will see if I can find a link that proves this, but I know I've read it. Has anyone else?
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 8 years
To me it's all the same...if it's in the first 2 or 3 ingredients (any kind of sugar) it usually goes back on the shelf... And what's the deal with "liquid sugar" (Ben & Jerry's). To me, that would be just as bad. Also nix to the enriched, bleached flour, modified food starch, hydrolyzed oils, and all of the preservatives & colors. YUK! Frankenfood!!!
finzup finzup 8 years
plus_2_kid --- Martin's whole wheat potato bread has no HFCS (and it's got only 70 cal and 6g fiber Also the whole wheat bread from trader joes and whole foods don't have it either
finzup finzup 8 years
I generally don't memorize which foods contain HFCS (although the ketchup was one I knew straight away) so I didn't do superwell on this quiz.. Generally when shopping I just check the label for HFCS -- if it has it, I don't buy it...
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
plus_2_kid, glucose is glucose whether you're getting it from corn syrup or honey. A "natural sweetner" is not "more easily processed" by your body (why does everyone say this?? and more importantly, why do they do so with such authority, as if they have an idea of what they're talking about when they don't even know what sugar is???) You might want to go look up what honey is before your start touting it as a healthy alternative to high fructose corn syrup. fact: HONEY IS MOSTLY FRUCTOSE Guess that the rest of it is? GLUCOSE That sounds really familiar.. it sounds a lot like.. HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP !!!!!! OMG what would we do if we consumed the basic molecular fuel for all our body cells in every food on a daily basis?? TAKE THE FRUCTOSE/GLUCOSE OUT OF FOOD, LET'S ALL FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHT TO BE MALNOURISHED!!! It's a free country, we're entitled to starve to death in ignorance if we wish!!!
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 8 years
...and while I'm at it: MMMMMM cookie dough
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 8 years
Like everything HFCS is fine in moderation, but the problem is that it's in EVERYTHING - and unfortunately by focusing on sweets I don't think the above quiz really shows that. At the supermarket today I realized that HFCS was in every single brand of 100% whole wheat bread on the shelf except for Orowheat which instead uses molasses and honey as sweeteners. These natural sweeteners are more easily processed by your body. I never thought to look in my whole wheat bread. Or my tomato soup. Therein lies the dilemma of trying to do everything in moderation -- if you are not careful it could literally end up in every single thing in your pantry. So I think the last few posts are missing the bigger picture.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 8 years
hitthatsmybike/Wackdoodle/Spectra: THANK YOU! It's so refreshing to hear people with TRULY healthy habits speak up. exercise, and eat real foods with treats in moderation.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
hithatsmybike/Wackdoodle: You guys said it! Even though I tend to avoid processed foods in general, I don't freak out about HFCS. It's not any different than sugar, so I hate it when people say it has more calories or it causes diabetes faster or whatever. Glucose is definitely not an "evil" substance. It's completely necessary for your brain to run on. Sure, it'll be made a bit slower in your body if you eat complex sugars/carbs (which is why that's the recommended form), but yeah, just don't mainline HFCS and you'll be okay. And if you want to prevent type 2 diabetes, the best thing you can possibly do is to EXERCISE. Exercise increases your body's ability to process glucose/insulin and you don't build an insulin resistance.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
Wackdoodle, THANK YOU! I can't believe how much misinformation is presented on here, and users who don't know any better just eat it up. My personal piss off of this article? Eating sugar can lead to type II diabetes and obesity. COME ON. Do you even KNOW what your body runs on? GLUCOSE! Which is not only a sugar, it is -- omfg -- PURE CORN SYRUP! So what is this HFCS business? Fructose AND glucose!! So scary!! (If you want to know how this is "processed" differently than "regular sugar", you can google glycolysis yourself and take special note that fructose simply enters the process at a different step -- not all that different!) God people just don't eat a bucket of it and you'll be fine. The real cause of obesity and type II diabetes is very poor dietary habits aka. eating everything in sight or thinking you can blame your condition on HFCS
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