I will admit that when I grocery shop, I have a few priorities. I want to be quick. I want to save money. I want to provide a balanced diet for my kids. I try as best I can to read the labels of the products I buy, but when I have two kids in tow, this can provide a challenge. Food labels on the front of the package make it easy for me. Labels such as “Low fat” or “Less Sugar” generally catch my attention.
I have noticed that labels reading “No High Fructose Corn Syrup” have appeared in the food aisles after this sugar received media attention for being linked to obesity. However, thanks to a recent webcast from Mom Central and Sweet Surprise, I am learning that high fructose corn syrup is no more likely to cause weight gain than sugar when used in moderation. According to the Corn Refiners Association, high fructose corn syrup (corn sugar) is a natural substance made up of the same components of regular granulated sugar. The components, fructose and glucose, are handled similarly by the body. In fact, once absorbed into the bloodstream, sugar and high fructose corn syrup are indistinguishable according to the American Diabetic Association.
After taking a look in my pantry, I was surprised at how many foods contain corn sugar. While I do want to provide healthy meals for my family and strive to keep any kind of sugar intake to a reasonable level, I believe balance is key. It would be nearly impossible to rid my entire pantry of the high fructose corn syrup and honestly, I wouldn’t want to. Everything in moderation.
“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of the Corn Refiners Association. I received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.”