High-fructose corn syrup is made from corn. It is used to sweeten many commercially prepared foods and beverages commonly found on the grocery shelves. High-fructose corn syrup has the same amount of calories in it as regular sugar and our bodies use it in the same way.
Some nutritionists feel that high fructose corn syrup has led to obesity in Americans since the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed it was safe for use in foods in 1983. Your consumption of high-fructose corn syrup may surprise you. A 12 oz. carbonated beverage can contain enough high-fructose corn syrup to equal 10 teaspoons of sugar according to USDA's 2000 "Profile of Food Consumption in America."
Frozen Concentrated Beverages
Fruit juices in frozen concentrate cans may be less expensive due to the limited packaging needed for them, but they are often loaded with high-fructose corn syrup.
Canned sodas are not the only beverages that are full of high-fructose corn syrup. It is found in commercially prepared eggnog, commercially packaged lemonades and sweet tea, chocolate-flavored milk and some juice boxes that school-age children are so fond of.
Granola, Energy and Breakfast Bars
Granola, energy and breakfast bars are typically high in fiber and considered healthy for you, but the addition of high-fructose corn syrup can offset this benefit. The addition of the fructose enhances the flavor of the fruits, balances the spices, provides a soft texture and keeps the product fresh longer in its packaging.
High-fructose corn syrup may seem unlikely in savory spaghetti sauces but it is necessary to balance the spices and to keep them from being too acidic or bitter from the tomato products.
The high-fructose corn syrup balances the tangy taste in condiments such as ketchup. In recipes just a touch of sugar is needed to enhance certain spices and this is why it is necessary in condiments such as salad dressing, bottled marinades and barbecue sauces.
High-fructose corn syrup is common in many brands of cereal, particularly those aimed at children. Even the healthier cereals could be packed full of this sweetener. Always read labels to see how much the product contains.
High-fructose corn syrup gives that golden-brown color to breads and bakery goods, enhances the flavor of fruits found in the breads and desserts and prevents sugar crystallization for a soft texture.