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5 Ways to Avoid High-Fructose Corn Syrup

If you eat any processed foods, you probably eat too much high fructose corn syrup. But, the problem is that in today's culture, almost everything that you eat is processed. The majority of foods sold at any supermarket are processed at a plant before they are shipped out. This means that you probably have too much high fructose corn syrup in your diet and high fructose corn syrup can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, coronary disease and even diabetes. Because of this, it's a good idea for you to limit to amount of high fructose corn syrup that you ingest everyday. High fructose corn syrup is hard for your body to digest. Try these ways of avoiding high fructose corn syrup in the future.

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1. Eat More Organic Foods

Because just about all processed foods have a high level of high fructose corn syrup in them, it's probably a good idea for you to stay away from them as much as possible. Instead, try eating more organic foods. Organic foods have natural sugar in them and the human body can digest natural sugar more easily than high fructose corn syrup. Organic foods usually cost slightly more than processed foods, but you can be sure that you're getting a much healthier meal when you eat organic.

2. Eat Less Fast Food

Fast food is literally loaded with high fructose corn syrup. So, while it may be tempting to pull in for a quick burger, you should avoid eating fast food regularly to limit your high fructose corn syrup intake.

3. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Obviously, high fructose corn syrup is not a natural source of sugar. So, anytime you eat something that's literally grown straight out of the earth, you can be sure you're not getting any high fructose corn syrup in your diet. Additionally, most fruits and vegetables contain natural sugar so you'll still get the energy that sugar provides without all the harmful side effects.

4. Avoid Drinking Soda

If you're like most Americans, you probably grew up drinking soda. Some people drink more than one can a day. This can be incredibly bad for your health because soda is filled with high fructose corn syrup. The availability of soda over the last few decades has certainly been to blame for the spike in diabetes and obesity throughout the country.

5. Read More Nutritional Labels

It's nearly impossible for you to avoid eating all processed foods. And that's okay. You just need to be aware of the foods that contain high fructose corn syrup. Try to limit how often you eat them. Certain types of bread contain high fructose corn syrup, so try and pick one that doesn't. Seltzer water is carbonated just like soda, but doesn't contain the high level of high fructose corn syrup, so try substituting it.

In general, read more nutritional labels to find out how much high fructose corn syrup is contained in many of the foods you eat. Then, see if you can substitute better foods to limit the amount of high fructose corn syrup that you ingest.

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