High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is commonly used in place of sugar in processed foods in the USA. HFCS is found in breads, cereals, soft drinks, salad dressings, condiments, and many other processed foods. The average American eats over 40 pounds of HFCS per year! Teenagers consume the most HFCS.
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has been linked to heart disease and diabetes in children and teens. Risk factors such as high blood pressure and increased insulin resistance can show up in adolescents ages 14-18 years old:
Parents and caregivers must provide children with a healthy balance of high-quality food and limit the amount of HFCS and other refined sugars in their diets. The good news is plenty of natural, unprocessed sweeteners are available. Stock your pantry with several different natural sweeteners such as: