High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is everywhere these days. It’s in just about every processed food and drink, but it’s also on the evening news and the subject of many TV commercials!

I know companies use it all the time, but some of the places you find it surprised even me!

Here are five of the places I really didn’t expect to find HFCS:

1. Whole wheat bread

I was under the impression that if a company would go to the trouble of making 100% whole wheat bread, that they’d stick with healthy, natural ingredients for the whole shebang. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

Most whole wheat breads still contain HFCS. If you want to avoid the HFCS, either get the more expensive brands, bake your own at home, or choose pita bread.

2. Raisin Bran

While all cereals are processed and not exactly healthy, Raisin Bran is supposed to be one of the healthier cereals. Sure, the raisins are sugar coated (which is totally pointless since they’re so sweet to begin with,) but that’s not all.

The cereal still gets loaded down with HFCS on top of that!

3. Gatorade

Gatorade contains “glucose-fructose syrup,” which I used to think was some special carbohydrate formula used to maximize endurance and sports performance. As it turns out, it’s just a pseudonym for high fructose corn syrup!

I wouldn’t recommend Gatorade as a sports drink anymore, but I still wonder, why not plain sucrose? Maybe then it wouldn’t be so syrupy and leave that sticky feeling in your mouth.

4. Barbecue sauce

Here I thought barbecue sauce was tomato sauce with extra spices and seasoning. But it’s actually high fructose corn syrup with extra spices and seasoning!

I’ve only found one kind of barbecue sauce without HFCS – Bull’s-Eye BBQ sauce from Kraft Foods. But it still has sugar as a main ingredient.

5. Hot chocolate (powdered mixes)

As if it’s not bad enough that this is just a mix of sugar and cocoa powder, these mixes also contain both high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated soybean oil!

I figured since it was powdered, they’d use table sugar. But nope, they choose syrup and oil!

The next time I find anything filled with high fructose corn syrup, I won’t be surprised at all. It’s everywhere, and I’m sure there are supposedly healthy foods with HFCS that I don’t even know about!

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  1. Why am I supposed to hate this stuff again? Aside from it being so cheap that food producers up the amount, how is it so much worse that sucrose?

    What is the science that shows it is so harmful?

    Watch the trailer (link below) and watch the movie. Then if you still believe your diet of processed food is good for you, then at least you’ll make an educated decision on what goes into your body.

  3. @Al

    Neither are good, but HFCS tastes much worse. I hate to consume something that is both unhealthy and bad tasting.

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