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I don’t like high-fructose corn syrup.

I don’t like high-fructose corn syrup. published on 4 Comments on I don’t like high-fructose corn syrup.

It makes sweets taste foamy and insubstantial in a bad way, and it makes my knees feel brittle. I much prefer my sweets with cane sugar, maple syrup, fruit juice and other sweeteners not made by torturing corn. That said, I do consume some HFCS, such as in today’s candy bar [Milky Way], which, much like fast food, I immediately regretted eating after I finished the last bite. People in my cohort, class and income bracket can be so conditioned to consume junk food without thinking about it that we’re sometimes startled when we realize, Hey, this tastes bad.


I get that way sometimes when I give in to the old cravings for a gluten-filled bakery item. I’ll take three bites, then realize, “This tastes…dry. And spongy. And not at all like I remembered.” And then I still have to pay for the gluten-ingesting later. 😛

That said, now I want chocolate. 😛

Try taking a break from it for awhile, and you won’t want to eat it again *ever*. I’ve been away from HFCS for so long (as it makes my blood sugar leap into triple digits with a few sips of soda) that anytime I’ve eaten something inadvertently containing it I feel like I’ve coated my tongue and teeth with sticky grit. Yuck.

Most candy bars haven’t tasted as good as they did when I was a kid. I used to LOVE Hostess Suzi-Q cakes – last time I had it, I wondered how I could have ever liked it.

But … I can’t imagine giving up sodas completely. (Yikes, like NEVER, EVER?) I know they rot my teeth, but when I feel queasy, a cold, sweet soda works for me. And I LOVE Dove 63% Dark Chocolate, that dark chocolate bar with cherries and almonds sold at Target, and Ghiradelli 60% Dark Chocolate squares.

I suspect that corn syrup is in other things I eat. I’m too lazy and too cheap to purge it from my diet. But you think it damages knees? Oh my and I thought that was the salt content of the prepared foods I eat. First salt and now corn syrup. Oh my, my.

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