High Fructose Corn Syrup–it was an ingredient that I had heard of, but never really paid much attention to. That was until I had a conversation with a friend. Her son was having a sort of tic, and after trying to figure out what was causing the sudden onset, High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) seemed to be the culprit. She continued to tell me about it, and where it was found (ketchup! BBQ sauce! bread!) and I started to get goosebumps on my arms. A few weeks later, I went in for my annual exam, and my doctor told me what I needed to be doing–exercise, vitamins, etc, etc and then he ended with, “And whatever you do, make sure to stay away from HFCS.” My ears perked up–this seemed to be an ingredient from the devil, but before I made my decision, I needed to learn more. Breezy Mama enlisted the help of Dr. Kathy Gruver, PhD, Host of the National TV Series, The Alternative Medicine Cabinet on OTV and author of the book by the same name, for answers.
What exactly is HFCS?