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(Not So) Sweet: Surprising Foods Containing High Fructose Corn Syrup

Last month the FDA proposed banning the use of trans fats. This was a long time coming as the dangers to health and diet caused by trans fats have been well documented.

But what about high fructose corn syrup? This processed sweetener is in more packaged and prepared foods than you probably realize. And if it were to go the way of trans fats, you’d be surprised at the items that would disappear from your supermarket shelves.

So while there are some items – like soda and ketchup, for example – that I expected to find on the list of foods containing HFCS, there were others that were quite surprising to me. Especially those foods I thought to be healthy and “natural”.

Let’s take a look at some familiar foods that you might not have guessed contain high fructose corn syrup.

  • Cookies 1 of 13
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    While we don't expect them to be health food, we could all do without the high fructose corn syrup found in many packaged cookies. (source: The New York Times)

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  • Crackers 2 of 13
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    An innocent little cracker? Not so much, when it contains high fructose corn syrup. (source: The New York Times)

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  • Frozen Pizza 3 of 13
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    Along with pepperoni and mushrooms, many frozen pizzas come with a helping of high fructose corn syrup too! (source: Huffington Post)

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  • Cereal Bars 4 of 13
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    It's so easy to think that cereal bars are convenient and healthy breakfast alternatives. And many are — as long as you read the labels carefully, since many contain sugar along with high fructose corn syrup. (source: Huffington Post)

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  • Salad Dressing 5 of 13
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    It "should" be just oil and vinegar. But most bottled dressings also contain high fructose corn syrup, so think twice about what you're drizzling over your healthy salad. (source: The New York Times)

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  • Ketchup 6 of 13
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    It's bad enough that many schools consider ketchup a vegetable. With the amount of corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup it contains, it barely even counts as a condiment! (source: Huffington Post)

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  • Soda 7 of 13
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    We all drink it. We all love it. We all try not to think about what's really in our favorite beverage. (source: The New York Times)

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  • Jelly 8 of 13
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    Many commercial jams, jellies, and preserves contain high amounts of sugar, corn syrup, and high fructose corn syrup — often in higher percentages than fruit! (source: Huffington Post)

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  • Yogurt 9 of 13
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    What can be healthier than yogurt, right? Well, read the labels — many contain sugar, corn syrup and, you guessed it, high fructose corn syrup. (source: The New York Times)

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  • Applesauce 10 of 13
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    If you can't make your own applesauce — which couldn't be easier or more economical — be sure to look for the unsweetened variety, or you might be serving up some high fructose corn syrup along with it.  (source: Huffington Post)

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  • Bread 11 of 13
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    Seemingly wholesome sandwich bread is a perfect example of how so many unassuming foods contain ingredients you wouldn't expect.  (source: The New York Times)

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  • Canned Fruit 12 of 13
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    Think twice before spooning out a serving of canned peaches - make sure you read the label, and look for those prepared with fruit juice as opposed to corn syrup. (source: Huffington Post)

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  • Cereal 13 of 13
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    While we're all aware that many cereals contain sugar (copious amounts in some cases), I was surprised to learn that some also contain high fructose corn syrup. (source: Fox News)

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