I’m having my Monday Moan… today.
What you need to know:
Here is Pepsi Next’s ingredient list:
CARBONATED WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CARAMEL COLOR, NATURAL FLAVOR, PHOSPHORIC ACID, SODIUM CITRATE, CAFFEINE, POTASSIUM SORBATE (PRESERVES FRESHNESS), ASPARTAME, CITRIC ACID, ACESULFAME POTASSIUM, SUCRALOSE.
Note that while sugar content has been reduced, it is still the second ingredient after water (in the form of high fructose corn syrup). There are still 4 teaspoons of sugar in a 12 ounce can!
True, about 6 teaspoons worth were removed. But unfortunately, Pepsi Next has simply replaced the missing sugar with artificial sweeteners, same as those used in its diet drink. And not just one or two, but a thoroughly sickening triumvirate including aspartame, acesulfame potassium, and sucralose.
Each of the three has its related health concerns, and artificial sweeteners in general mess with the body’s capability to deal with sweet. The dissociation between sweet taste and calorie intake may put the regulatory system that controls hunger and body weight out of sync, thus sabotaging weight loss plans.
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The ‘secret formula’ for high fructose corn syrup that really lives up to the name
Of all the things you hear about high fructose corn syrup, especially from the Corn Refiners Association (CRA), there’s a little something with a whole lot of fructose that doesn’t get much attention.
The CRA has spent big bucks on a campaign to try and convince us that high fructose corn syrup is the “same as sugar” since it contains either 42 or 55 percent fructose (called HFCS 42 and HFCS 55). Natural sugar, or sucrose, is comprised of 50 percent fructose and 50 percent glucose.
The main mantra from the CRA, the one behind its attempt to have the high fructose corn syrup name on food products “officially” changed to “corn sugar,” is that HFCS really isn’t high in fructose after all, and naming it that when it was introduced back in the late 1960s was a really dumb idea they hope to correct in order to clear up consumer “confusion.”
But there’s another formulation, one that never enters into the picture being presented to consumers. It’s called HFCS 90, and it’s a high fructose corn syrup formulation that’s 90 percent fructose.
HFCS 90 isn’t new; it was developed in the 1970s, and you won’t read too much about it unless you know where to look. One of the most interesting references to HFCS 90 comes from a leading manufacturer of this unnatural, laboratory-created sweetener, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), which has a page on its corporate website about its trademarked version of the product called Cornsweet 90.®
“Cornsweet 90 ®,” it says, “containing about 90% fructose, is ADM’s sweetest high fructose corn syrup. Its high sweetness makes it the ideal choice for reduced calorie foods such as beverages, jellies and dressings.”
From my research, it’s quite apparent that both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration know about HFCS 90 and its food uses. Numerous studies, patents (including a method for using HFCS 90 to produce a reduced-calorie beverage that was assigned to PepsiCo) and journal articles mention HFCS 90, and all the different foods that can be sweetened with it. So why don’t we consumers ever hear about it?
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These companies are running amok. It has to be stopped. Their advertising makes these poisons sound wholesome and healthy, it’s nothing but bullshit!
Society is also to blame. People today are so concerned with ‘brands’ and being seen to buy the expensive options, it’s really pathetic.
“High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a sugar made from cornstarch. It is heavily used in processed foods. HFCS can be found in hundreds of foods, such as breads, cookies, crackers, juice drinks and sodas, and dairy products. Even some cough syrups contain HFCS. The issue of how healthy HFCS is for our bodies is highly debated. Some studies suggest a link between HFCS consumption and obesity. Other studies suggest the effects of HFCS on the body are no different than that of other sugars.” – From: Villadeguardarrama
It is my experience that the studies that warn us of the dangers of this toxic sugar substitute are made by independent assessors, whereas the studies that favour it have vested interests in the production and sale.
HFCS in whatever variant is in almost everything you buy today. Even if you try to avoid it, you can’t.
The only way to rid ourselves of these abominable substances is to begin cooking and baking at home. Making our own juice, cakes, sweets, snacks, cookies, bread, ketchup, jams, etc. Starting from the ground floor (flour & sugar) up, not with pre-mixes.
Only by going back to our roots can we avoid being poisoned for the sake of profits.
I hate to say it ladies… but a woman that has kids belongs at home in the kitchen. It is only the pressure of working/career mothers that has allowed these companies to poison our kids.
The future of the human race depends on it. Being emancipated is great, but the effect on the future is detrimental.