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What Is Food Identity Theft?

 width=Food identity theft is when some food companies try to take away the consumer's right to know what is in the food that they eat, the liquids that they drink and the health products they use. There is now a site called www.foodidentitytheft.com which is run by the Citizens for Health so that facts can be provided to consumers abut food ingredients and package labels to enable them to make informed decisions about the food they purchase.

Citizens for Health has been acting on behalf of the natural health consumer since 1993

Adding their voice on various issues and they have had considerable success. They also provide information about any threats posed by everyday products so that shoppers can make decide for themselves about the products they buy. The senior editor for foodidentitytheft.com is Linda Bonvie and she explains: “The truth is corporations and their lobbyists have a huge influence in Washington. We as consumers have to protect ourselves, stay informed, and tell our legislators and government agencies that we won't accept being lied to”. The story that they are busy with at the moment is the proposed name change for “High Fructose Corn Syrup”. The Corn Refiners Association (the name of the trade association for this man-made sweetener) has asked the US government to legally change the name of High Fructose Corn Syrup to the misleading and inaccurate name “corn sugar.” Linda responds by saying: “We’re not advocating the benefits or decrying the harm of this product. We simply believe there is no valid reason for the name change. It would only confuse consumers and allow food makers to conceal the identity of this product on ingredients labels.” I wrote about this subject exactly a year ago when the request was first made when I told readers that apparently this request comes after healthy and anti-obesity campaigns have driven the consumption of high-fructose corn syrup (used in so many processed and other foods in the US) to a 20 year low.

I pointed out that the one piece of good news about this is that these healthy and anti-obesity campaigns are working!

Although the trade association knew that approval of this name could take 2 years, they did not waste any time at all and immediately started a campaign complete with a dedicated web site and TV commercials to promote "corn sugar".

So what exactly is high fructose corn syrup or HFCS?

It is a highly refined clear liquid derived from corn starch. Food manufactures love to use it because of its long shelf life and its relatively low cost. It has the same effect as sugar but it is cheaper for those food manufacturers to use. It is widely known that sugar is addictive and that the maximum amount you should consume per day is 6 teaspoonfuls. Since HFCS’s widespread introduction in the 1980s, US obesity rates have gone through the roof and off course obesity has been linked to many heath issues including heart disease and different forms of cancer. When HFCS is ingested, it travels straight to the liver which turns the sugary liquid into fat, and unlike other carbohydrates, HFCS does not cause the pancreas to produce insulin which acts as a hunger quenching signal to the brain.

What happens when you eat food containing high fructose corn syrup?

When you eat food with HFCS, you get stuck in a vicious cycle, eating food that gets immediately stored as fat and never feeling full. HFCS is found in almost everything we eat today with soft drinks being the absolute worst culprit. A 12 oz can of cola has up to 13 tsp of sugar (most of it fructose from HFCS). There is HFCS hidden in many of our other food as well, such as ketchup, relish, cookies and even supposedly low fat diet foods! Manufacturers substitute HFCS for the fat in food like mayonnaise and salad dressings and then mark them as low fat or diet foods.

You will no see packaging marked as “no HFCS”

These are those manufacturers who have made the right decision to stop using HFCS. If you can avoid HFCS, your lifestyle will immediately take a change for the better and remember that all soft drinks are laden with HFCS. Try to eat more home cooked and whole foods as restaurant and take out foods are often prepackaged foods reheated and served to you. Use of HFCS in these foods is wide spread because of their increased shelf life. When you do your grocery shop, learn to read ALL the labels and if HFCS, fructose, or modified corn starch appears within the first 5 ingredients, put the product back on the shelf and move on. You will be shocked to see just how much of what you have been eating on a daily basis contains HFCS. Eliminate HFCS and you will feel stronger and more vital, lifting your mood and increasing your concentration. That stomach will shrink and your health will improve in leaps and bounds! And make sure you do your good deed for the day and spread the word about the The Corn Refiners Association trying to pull the wool over everyone's eyes with this proposed name change. Meanwhile www.foodidentitytheft.com could use your help to tell the FDA “NO High Fructose Corn Syrup Name Change". Resources like this site help to ensure that consumers are kept aware of the deceptive practices some corporations are using.