My kids got to spend time with their cousins this past week. That meant a lot of time playing outside, swimming, and summer treats. The pictures above are some summer treats that are better choice options of popsicles and ice cream.
Unfortunately one ingredient that is still showing up in many popsicles and ice cream is high fructose corn syrup.
Reasons to avoid high fructose corn syrup:
1️⃣“Fructose is metabolized in the liver. The liver can turn the fructose into glycogen (stored carbs), but it has limited storage capacity. While smaller amounts of fructose from fruit can be fine, large doses from soda or sweets can overload the liver and be converted to fat. In the long term, this fat accumulation can lead to serious health problems, such as fatty liver disease and type 2 diabetes”(1)
2️⃣highly processed – gmo corn kernels are soaked to extract corn starch and then they add enzymes, refining the naturally occurring glucose into a syrup that contains higher levels of fructose (2)
3️⃣small amounts found to be contaminated with detectable amounts of mercury (3)
4️⃣a Global Public Health study showed that countries with a high availability of HFCS had a 20% increase in type 2 diabetes (4)
5️⃣a UCLA study showed HFCS can disrupt memory and learning (5)
Why is HFCS even used in food? The main reasons are that it is cheap, easy to transport/store, and is stable in acidic and liquid foods. This makes it desirable for some companies in the food industry.
Better choice popsicles will use fruit juice, honey, maple, rather than high fructose corn syrup. @goodpop is one of our favorites!