Quitting High Fructose Corn Syrup

By Rachel Sarnoff

We’re starting to wake up to the impact of high fructose corn syrup on our nation’s health: Studies have shown that consumption of high fructose corn syrup leads to obesity, a condition that now affects more than 30% of American adults and is associated with heart disease, diabetes, strokes and other serious health problems. A recent UC Davis study featured on “60 Minutes” showed that just two weeks of eating high fructose corn syrup increased the risk of cardiovascular disease.

The problem is, most people don’t stop at two weeks. In fact, research shoes that sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup and sugar are addicting: Just like cocaine, they release endorphins, dopamine and seratonin as they hit your system, triggering the pleasure center of your brain. And just like illicit drugs, you need more and more of the stuff to feel good. People, it’s time for a detox!

Annually, Americans each consume 43 pounds of high fructose corn syrup, linked to obesity and heart disease. Take the 30-Day High Fructose Corn Syrup Detox and enter to win a case of Marquis O3, zero calorie, all-natural & organic HFCS-free carbonated drink!

Even though Americans consumed less HFCS in 2011 than at any point since 1997, on average we’re still eating more than 43 pounds of the stuff each year. That’s because high fructose corn syrup can be found in soda, juices, baked items, condiments, salad dressing, crackers, bars, cereal, processed meats, and sauces—on pretty much every shelf in the supermarket.

Why is it there? After fat got a bad rap in the 1980s, manufacturers took out the oils and brought in high fructose corn syrup—a cheaper form of sugar—to add flavor. It worked: Consumption of HFCS has increased more than 1,000 percent since 1970. 

So how can we get it out of our lives? Join the Mommy Greenest 30-Day High Fructose Corn Syrup Detox! I remember when I first did this about 10 years ago I was so surprised by how many foods were chock full of the stuff. After I detoxed HFCS out of my life, I felt healthier—like the foods I was eating were really nourishing me, instead of just tickling my taste buds. I lost weight, too. I can’t wait to see what the Mommy Greenest High Fructose Corn Syrup Detox can do for you!


Rachel SarnoffAbout The Author

Better known as “Mommy Greenest,” Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff is a journalist, consultant, sustainability advocate and former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World who was Editor in Chief of Children magazine—before she had three of her own. Rachel was featured in Los Angeles and Lucky magazines and appeared on “The Today Show” and “CNN Headline News,” among others, to share advice about healthier living with less judgement. The author of The Big List of Things That Suck and partner at Give + Take swap shop in Los Angeles, Rachel also publishes MommyGreenest.com, where “you shouldn’t have to be a scientist to raise healthy kids.” Follow her Facebook.com/MommyGreenest and at YouTube.com/RachelSarnoff.



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