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Subject:HFCS challenge results
Time:11:23 pm
Last week, I posted about my high-fructose corn syrup challenge-- avoid HFCS at home for one week. I screwed up at the very beginning, by buying a loaf of bread with HFCS in it, but I decided to grant myself one exception rather than wasting a loaf of bread.

How'd I do? I hosed, and on something stupid, but not as badly as I expected to. With the exception of the bread I shopped carefully and didn't bring home any forbidden, err, fruit. However, in the middle of the week I got a craving for bitter lemon. If you're not acquainted, bitter lemon is a soft drink that's basically tonic water with lemon flavor. Well, I had a craving, and I happened to have a bottle of tonic water around, so I made some. Whoops! I realized later that tonic water is sweetened, and this one has HFCS. Oh well.

Other than that, I managed to stick to my plan. I spent a lot of time reading food labels, and I was surprised to find out that I had lots of condiments that are sweetened with cane sugar or not sweetened at all. Mayo, mustard, teriyaki sauce (Soy-Vey brand), green curry sauce, and several others were OK. My breakfast cereal is HFCS-free. My favorite soda, an apple beer, is OK. I found myself reading food labels even for things that I wasn't planning to buy or use. Today I managed to find a brand of English muffin that had no HFCS-- just one of several that were available at Nob Hill Foods.

I spent a little bit more time cooking than I usually do, and I don't really feel like I missed out on anything that I wanted. I highly recommend this exercise, if only to help you think a little bit more about what's in the food you eat.
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brec
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Time:2008-01-14 08:33 am (UTC)
I think I do as well w/r HFCS in a given week without paying any attention to labels.
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sabyl
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Time:2008-01-14 10:50 am (UTC)
Is bitter lemon really just tonic water with lemon?? Hmm. . . So love bitter lemon and haven't had it in forever. There is diet tonic water btw, sans corn syrup. Though you might not like diet.

SO an interesting thing. When I was doing weight watchers a few years ago, tonic water was on the free list with all the zero and close to zero calorie stuff like cucumbers and club soda. I asked about it. And the WW rep said that tonic isn't a trigger for most people and that it is usually used as a mixer and the alcohol has points, so it isn't likely to be abused. I replied that I actually love tonic water and drink it straight. And since soda isn't a freebie, tonic water shouldn't be either. She seemed shocked I would drink tonic water by itself. But she insisted it isn't a trigger food/drink and I could have as much as I want. I ignored her advice and counted it, but was amused nonetheless.
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whipartist
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Time:2008-01-14 04:07 pm (UTC)
It's just lemon tonic water. BevMo sells the real stuff sometimes. I don't do artificial sweeteners, so diet tonic water is off the menu.
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spicole
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Time:2008-01-15 04:53 am (UTC)
I find that strange that WW would recommend counting a sweetened beverage like tonic water as zero points. I agree with you - I'd count the calories and calculate the points as if it were any other beverage.
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dubiousx
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Time:2008-01-14 09:06 pm (UTC)
I'm impressed. I'm almost done with The Omnivore's Dilemma and I too have been doing much more cooking from scratch. I haven't specifically been eliminating HFCS though. I doubt I get much right now. I don't drink sodas. Bread could be one source. And I eat a piece of chocolate before bed most nights. Salad dressing. Salsa. Soy sauce? Hmmm, I should start looking. I might be surprised.
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chellewoods
Subject:Thyroid and HFCS
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Time:2008-01-16 03:16 am (UTC)
There has been a lot of discussion on my thyroid support groups about hfcs and thyroid issues. Supposedly, it depresses thyroid function. It is something I watch. Even though I don't have a thyroid any longer, if I eat a lot of processed foods, I can see more hypothyroid symptoms in myself.
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