Consumers Tell HFCS: Cut it Out!
For years consumers have increasingly been avoiding food and beverages made with HFCS. Why? Because scientific evidence shows that consuming HFCS can lead to health problems. For example, children are developing type II diabetes at higher and faster rates than ever before. This is a critical health issue. Our bodies appear to process the fructose in HFCS differently than the fructose in table sugar or fruit, contributing to diabetes and metabolic disorders.
HFCS in foods or drinks may also cause the body’s sense of feeling full to be side-stepped, leading to overeating and our ever-increasing obesity rate. Obesity, of course, also leads to long-term health issues, among them high blood pressure and heart disease.
This drop in consumer demand – and the decreasing sales of HFCS – is the apparent reason that the makers of HFCS attempted to change their product’s name with the FDA, and the motivation behind their new ad campaign directed at the food industry.
Food and beverage companies and restaurants do not need to use HFCS. Natural sweeteners are available for about the same cost – and do not pose the health issues that HFCS does.
We need to tell the companies that make our foods and drinks that we want to buy products that DO NOT contain HFCS.
Our goal is to say so in a petition supported by 100,000 signatures to be gathered by October 1, 2012. We will deliver the petition to the US Food and Drug Administration and to the CEOs of our country’s largest food and beverage makers, grocery retailers and chain restaurants -- all of whom are being targeted by the HFCS makers’ ad campaign that claims that consumers do not care about the issue.
Don’t let our food and beverage industry think we don’t care what’s in the foods they make for us.
- FACT: The sugar that we use in our homes comes naturally from sugarcane and sugar beets, and has been consumed for over two thousand years.
- FACT: Every country in the world uses sugar that comes from sugarcane or sugar beets.
- FACT: Sugar can be purchased in grocery stores.
HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP FACTS:
- FACT: High Fructose Corn Syrup does not occur naturally—it’s man-made and created in a lab.
- FACT: High Fructose Corn Syrup is an industrial food product that requires an enzyme process to bond fructose molecules to corn starch.
- FACT: High Fructose Corn Syrup cannot be purchased in grocery stores.
- FACT: High Fructose Corn Syrup is used in hundreds of grocery store products including breakfast cereals, granola bars, salad dressings, mayonnaise, pancake syrups, jelly, ice cream and popsicles, crackers, tomato sauce, energy drinks, yogurt, soda pop, breads, hamburger buns, juice drinks, and many more.
- FACT: In the wake of widespread consumer concerns, demand for High Fructose Corn Syrup has hit a 20-year low.