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Old 11-16-2010, 03:25 PM   #1
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Is Corn Syrup Bad?

I've recently eliminated hfcs from my kitchen. One thing I'm having issues finding is a ketchup that's hfcs free, especially now that I make my own barbecue sauce and need ketchup for the recipe I use.
I just found a recipe for a Heinz copycat and it's gotten great reviews-but it calls for light corn syrup. I know nothing about this-is it the same as hfcs? Are there any negatives to using it? I'm trying to switch us to a natural/whole foods diet as much as possible (hence the homemade ketchup), but don't know if using corn syrup is defeating my attempt?

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Old 11-16-2010, 04:35 PM   #2
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Re: Is Corn Syrup Bad?

Heinz simply is hfcs free. Not sure if thats what your looking for lol...
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I've been wondering the same thing. BTW, I use Hunts, it says in big letters on the bottle no hfcs.
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Old 11-16-2010, 05:12 PM   #4
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Heinz simply is hfcs free. Not sure if thats what your looking for lol...
That's what I'm buying now but it's expensive, especially when I use large quantities of it for barbecue sauce. Making ketchup myself would be much cheaper, and the recipe I found is cheap and easy to do-but it calls for light corn syrup. Just wondering if that's the same as high fructose corn syrup?
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Nope! http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/nicci_micco/2009_07_01/the_real_truth_high_fructose_corn_syrup_is_not_the _same_as_corn_syrup Another article I read stated that honey was Closer to HFCS than corn syrup...not sure how true it is, though.
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Old 11-16-2010, 06:42 PM   #6
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Re: Is Corn Syrup Bad?

Even if it's not the same, it's still a chemically concocted sweetener. If you're trying to go as natural as possible, I'd stay away from it. Maybe try substituting something else. If you do a search you should be able to find some ideas. I think that heating 2C sucanat and 1C water makes a corn syrup equivalent. I also read that both honey and molasses can be substituted measure for measure.

I also make my own BBQ sauce and use Muir Glen ketchup which is organic and HFCS free.
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Nope! http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/nicci_micco/2009_07_01/the_real_truth_high_fructose_corn_syrup_is_not_the _same_as_corn_syrup Another article I read stated that honey was Closer to HFCS than corn syrup...not sure how true it is, though.
neat website But after checking the light corn syrup at the store, I discovered that hcfs is an ingredient in light corn syrup-so it's a no no in my house.

I'm making the ketchup right now and I substituted with honey. It does not taste anything like traditional ketchup, but it's actually really good so it worked out ok after all

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Re: Is Corn Syrup Bad?

I think the Meijer Naturals ketchup is made with sugar. I would think you could just sub sugar in that recipe as well. Glad you found something that works!
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Not sure if you have a dillons or Kroger around but they have a storebrand organic ketchup that is usually pretty cheap as they often put it on sale.
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so...can I have your recipe? Lol
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