Congratulations Hunt’s

Ladies and gents, the ingredient pariah of the week is…high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

With consumer awareness on the rise, demand for fructose-free products is climbing. This week, Hunt’s ditched the increasingly unpopular ingredient and is now sticking to the basics: tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, salt and other seasonings.

Ryan Toreson, Hunt’s Ketchup brand manager, said of the swap: “In direct response to consumer demand, Hunt’s is pleased to offer ketchup sweetened with sugar and containing only five simple ingredients….Parents are looking for wholesome meals and ingredients they recognize….”

The new recipe has bigger implications than just ingredients you can pronounce. High fructose corn syrup, initially embraced as a cheap sugar substitute, is losing popularity as research shows that the compound damages human bodies in more ways than one. Bill Sanda’s article “The Double Danger of High Fructose Corn Syrup” explains:

The livers of test animals fed large amounts of fructose develop fatty deposits and cirrhosis, similar to problems that develop in the livers of alcoholics.

Pure fructose contains no enzymes, vitamins or minerals and robs the body of its micronutrient treasures in order to assimilate itself for physiological use. While naturally occurring sugars…contain fructose bound to other sugars, high fructose corn syrup contains a good deal of “free” or unbound fructose. Research indicates that this free fructose interferes with the heart’s use of key minerals like magnesium, copper and chromium.

Among other consequences, HFCS has been implicated in elevated blood cholesterol levels and the creation of blood clots.  It has been found to inhibit the action of white blood cells so that they are unable to defend the body against harmful foreign invaders.

Sound like more than you bargained for? You can opt out of the corn syrup syndrome. Check out the action link below to learn how you too can make a difference in our food system
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