Today I tried a new brand of waffles for the first time from, Van’s Natural Foods. I had their lite, whole grain, wheat waffles variety, along with Log Cabin syrup. My sister (who is a bigger health nut than me) introduced me to Log Cabin syrup, which has no high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). I love it, because it’s just as yummy as Aunt Jemima syrup–the stuff I grew up on!
I believe in everything in moderation. I don’t think it hurts to have a spoon of that delicious Aunt Jemima syrup occasionally. But if you’re like me, and you can eat waffles every day for breakfast, I would stick to the syrup with no HFCS. I wanted to learn more about HFCS, so I did a little research. I knew that it wasn’t good for you, but what I didn’t know is that HFCS causes inflammation in the body. That was it for me. This is what else you should know about HFCS:
- High fructose corn syrup is extracted through corn stalks and chemically processed and used as a sweetner.
- It is almost always a marker of poor-quality, nutrient-poor disease-creating industrial food products or “food-like substances”.
- It contains contaminants including mercury that are not regulated or measured by the FDA.
It’s always better to go for the HFCS-free foods when you can. If you want to learn more about HFCS, here’s the link to a great article by Dr. Mark Hyman who explains what HFCS is and how it affects our bodies. The title of the article, 5 Reasons High Fructose Corn Syrup Will Kill You, I admit is a bit dramatic, but the article is insightful and interesting, nonetheless.