Could you give up high fructose corn syrup for 30 days? Mommy Greenest blog’s Rachel Sarnoff is challenging you to try. The former editor of Children magazine and former CEO of nonprofit Healthy Child Healthy World is a go-to sustainable living expert. She also has real world experience as a mother of three who balances parenting with journalism.
This time, Sarnoff has been looking into the outrageous amount of HFCS, about 43 pounds, that each of consumes each year. She’s noting the related health problems like diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Beyond the obvious sodas and sweets, if you really want to detox from the addictive HFCS habit, you’ll need to also look closely at ingredient labels on most foods.
“The more I looked into it, the more I realized that high fructose corn syrup is EVERYWHERE,” Sarnoff explained. “I thought it was just sweetened foods and drinks like soda, but actually it’s in everything from bread to lunch meat. And then I learned about the links to obesity, as well as the addictive effect that high fructose corn syrup shares with soda. At that point, I knew I had to eliminate it from my family’s life as much as possible, and spread the word to others, as well.”
You can go here to enter the HFCS detox challenge.
We asked Sarnoff for some advice for those of us in the Flour Sack Mama and Clean Couponing community who can’t quite figure it all out — eliminating HFCS might seem too hard to do. She answered, “Just take it one day at a time. Breathe! Realize that NOBODY has it figured out. Do what you can, but give yourself a break when you can’t meet those high marks you’ve set for yourself. You’ll get there!”
This is a challenging time to take the detox, especially with fall and winter holidays just around the corner. Science shows addiction to HFCS, and it’s a hard habit to break. Many people have already found encouragement, and that keeps Sarnoff going. “It’s been amazing! One reader wrote in to say that he had eliminated high fructose corn syrup from his life after losing 30 pounds by cutting down on carbs. So many people pledged to eliminate high fructose corn syrup forever — not just 3o days.”