Women’s Health has five so-called “healthy” foods that can actually make you eat more.
While a great natural source of protein, calcium, probiotics, and vitamins B and D, many yogurts — especially those that pack processed fruit — contain HFCS. For example, three of the five main ingredients in a popular Fruit on the Bottom yogurt are sugar, fructose syrup, and high fructose corn syrup.
Non-HFCS Swap: Try a fruit-free organic variety like Stonyfield Farm Plain Organic Low Fat Yogurt and mix in fresh fruit still sporting its skin. You’ll both avoid refined sugars and up your fiber intake to stabilize blood sugar levels.
Whole Wheat Bread
The bread bag might read “whole gain” on the front, but “high-fructose corn syrup” could still be on the ingredients label. Wonder Bread Stoneground 100 Percent Whole Wheat Bread, for instance, counts high-fructose corn syrup as its fourth ingredients.
Non-HFCS Swap: Always read ingredient labels, or just look on the front of Pepperidge Farm whole wheat labels for the line “No high-fructose corn syrup.” You can’t miss it.
Sure, they have protein. But that burst of energy you get right after eating them is often from HFCS, which Power Bars, Balance Bars, and Zone Perfect Bars all contain.
Non-HFCS Swap: Odwalla and CLIF Bar products are free of HFCS. Remember, however, that they aren’t low in all sugars.
If a juice drink is not made with 100 percent juice, it generally contains a large amount of HFCS. Some examples include: Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice, Capri-Sun Juices, and Tropicana Orangeade.
Non-HFCS Swap: Opt for buying drinks that are 100 percent pure juice, such as Simply Orange Original, Limeade, and Lemonade. Even better, eat the fruit whole for fiber benefits.
It’s not just sodium you have to worry about in your canned goods. Del Monte Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano, for example, lists high-fructose corn syrup as its third ingredient, right after tomatoes and tomato juice.
Non-HFCS Swap: When it comes to produce, fresh is always the way to go. If your fave fruits and veggies aren’t available this time of year, go the frozen route to avoid added ingredients.
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