During my pregnancy I was very concerned about the types of foods I was eating, and I tried to not consume high fructose corn syrup. Now that I’m a mom, I continue avoiding HFCS at all costs.
Here are some quick facts that made me decide to avoid products with HFCS:
- HFCS does not occur naturally, despite recent ads that say it comes from “corn sugar.”
- The body metabolizes HFCS differently, so a person might not feel satiated by foods that contain HFCS, so they tend to continue eating. => increasing caloric intake, leading to overweight/obese.
- HFCS is cheaper than sugar- so food companies use it in many processed foods (including soda.)
- During the same time that the use of HFCS has increased, the obesity rate in the USA has also increased. While it may not be the SOLE cause of obesity, I believe it does play a role.
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I know that there are many people who know about HFCS and its effects on the body, but I also know some people don’t.
I want to bring awareness to the widespread use of HFCS in packaged foods, and how easy/hard it is for individuals to go HFCS-free. Here are the awesome bloggers who are participating:
Amanda Mervine Edwards aka Mother of Ambition
Andres Jumanji aka El Sambo
Diana Limongi aka ladydeeLG
George Torres from Sofrito for your Soul
Migdalia Rivera aka Latina on a Mission
Noelia Rodriguez from Turbulent Times
Stephanie Barnhart from Football, Food and Motherhood
I invite you to join us for THE #NOHFCS challenge: consume no products that have HFCs for two days, and blog about your experience.
If you’re a blogger and want to join, all you have to do is commit to going HFCS-free for two days, and blog about it any day between September 1st and September 4th, 2013. Please use hashtags: #NOHFCS and #SMBloggers
If you’re not a blogger and want to join in, no problem! Take on the challenge, keep notes and share them in the comments section OR share your experience with me via FB. If your diet is already HFCS free, tell me why you made that decision!
Your comments might be posted on one of the participating blogs!