Today I want to expose the food industries dirty little secret…corn.
It is everywhere and in nearly everything.
If you follow the Standard American Diet (SAD) then you are practically a walking ear of corn.
Actually that wouldn’t be so bad. The dirty little secret is that the ingredients found in our food supply are mostly made from derivatives hardly resembling the delicious, fresh corn-on-the-cob we enjoy on a summer’s night in August.
Alas, industrial corn in its natural state is completely inedible. You would probably wretch if you tried to eat an ear. It exists purely to be processed so that the oils, starch, and low quality proteins can be extracted. Those components, after intense industrial processing, are then injected into various stages of our food supply from oil, to baked goods, to snack foods. One of the biggest offenders comes in the form of corn syrup.
Corn syrup, more specifically high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), seems to be everywhere. From candy bars, sodas, cakes and baked goods, salad dressings, ketchup and condiments, bread, and more, high fructose corn syrup can be found hidden on many food labels.
It may even surprise you to find out that corn syrup solids (not high fructose corn syrup) are the main source of carbohydrates in some infant formulas.
The Problem with GMO High Fructose Corn Syrup:
What Are The Alternatives?
First of all, for our overall health, it is imperative that we cut down on our sugar intake in general. Americans are said to consume over 100 lbs of sugar in a year, some say almost 152 lbs. That is a lot of sugar! All of this sugar contributes to blood sugar dysregulation and conditions like diabetes. It also leads to mood swings during blood sugar lows, which most people know as a case of being “hangry”. As much as we love the taste, our bodies aren’t meant to eat added sugars at every single meal. It takes its toll and messes with our energy levels. Hello caffeine anyone?
Alternatives to high fructose corn syrup: As consumers have learned about the issues with corn syrup, more companies are making alternative products with regular sugar instead. If you can’t go without a soda, trying a brand that uses cane sugar or stevia might be a starting point. Some people also find kombucha, a fermented drink rich in probiotics that uses significantly less sugar and still provides the fizziness of soda, a beneficial alternative. There are plenty of different brands that offer sugar as an alternative in ketchup and other condiments or food items. Get used to checking labels and seeing what you can make at home, like your own brownies with good old flour, eggs, butter and chocolate, vs. a store mix. For a baking application like peanut brittle, you may be able to find Lyle’s Golden Syrup which is made from sugar or you could try making your own from this recipe (note I haven’t tried the recipe myself).
Alternatives to corn starch: Corn starch is often used as a thickener. If you want to use an organic, non-gmo corn starch, you could still use that. If you want some ideas for other natural thickeners to use, arrowroot powder and tapioca starch are popular alternatives often used in the Paleo community.
An Alternative to Traditional Formula Containing Corn Syrup Solids
It may come as a surprise to you, but there are a significant amount of infant formulas in the stores that contain corn syrup solids as a source of carbohydrates. Considering the negative effects of corn syrup, it is important to find an alternative, but it can be really hard to find another formula that is easy-to-digest and doesn’t contain highly processed vegetable oils and is soy and gmo corn free.
That is one of the reasons why Mt. Capra’s President, Joe Stout, created a homemade Goat Milk Formula with the nutrition information he learned from his Master’s in Nutrition. We sell all the real ingredients and provide the recipe, tips, and support on how to make and store the formula yourself.
Cow milk is a common allergen, but the vast majority of little ones who can’t tolerate cow milk do wonderful on goat milk. The problem is goat milk by itself undiluted is not an appropriate food. The recipe dilutes it and adds in supporting nutrition to make a formula as close to breast milk as you can get.
Check out our Goat Milk Formula Recipe Kit through the button below for more information. We have had 1000s of customers use it with their little ones with great success (including my own niece and nephew!).