Sugar has a sweet little sidekick that we want you to know about, and kick! It’s high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)—also known as glucose/fructose in Canada or glucose/ fructose syrup in the United Kingdom—which is made by refining cornstarch.

HFCS’s popularity has skyrocketed by 472 percent since the 1970s, when, due to manufacturing advances, it became cheaper to produce than sugar.

While the excessive production of corn robs the soil of its micronutrient content, that is nothing compared to the micronutrient- depleting effects this ingredient has on your body. Fructose has been shown to have a negative effect on calcium, chromium, magnesium, zinc, and copper levels in the body. The more fructose you take in, the more your body becomes depleted of these micronutrients.

The greater the amount of fructose, the greater your risk is for micronutrient depletion. And to make matters worse, in 2014 food manufacturers figured out that seeing HFCS on labels was a real turnoff. So they created a new product, HFCS-90, which you will simply see as “fructose” on labels, and it’s 90 percent fructose syrup! This new sweetener, found now in numerous products marketed to contain no HFCS, such as cereals by General Mills, adds in an even higher level of micronutrient-depleting fructose in every bite.

The only way to avoid these sinister sweeteners is to continue to check your ingredient labels! Don’t always believe the misleading marketing on the front of a package. 

If you find yourself craving something sweet, we assure you that our new book, The Micronutrient Miracle, will not disappoint. We’ve created a 28-day plan that includes desserts such as chocolate pudding, ice cream, carrot cake pancakes, brownies and MORE!

And for a limited time (through the end of this month) we’re offering $200 in free gift certificates to your favorite online grocers. Learn more about what you get and how to claim your free gifts here. 

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