What Foods Have High Fructose Corn Syrup? 50 Foods with Hidden High Fructose Corn Syrup

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High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a hidden ingredient in many foods. If possible, try to avoid high fructose corn syrup.

Choose foods with natural sugar instead (like fruit!). If worse comes to worse, stick to regular sugar. High-fructose corn syrup is worse for you than pure cane sugar.

50 Foods with Hidden High Fructose Corn Syrup (in Alphabetical Order!)

Check out this list of foods, condiments, and snacks with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Some of the HFCS foods on this list will surprise you!

  1. Applesauce
  2. Baked Beans
  3. Baking Mixes
  4. Barbeque Sauce
  5. Bread
  6. Breakfast cereal
  7. Candy (of course!)
  8. Canned fruit
  9. Canned tomatoes (especially tomato soup!)
  10. Cereal
  11. Cereal bars
  12. Chicken nuggets
  13. Chocolate milk
  14. Coca-Cola
  15. Cocktail sauce (Eat the shrimp, avoid the sauce!)
  16. Coffee creamer
  17. Cookies
  18. Cottage cheese
  19. Crackers
  20. Cranberry sauce
  21. Donuts
  22. Dried fruit
  23. English muffins
  24. Frozen meals
  25. Fruit Juice
  26. Ham (lunch meat)
  27. Hot dog and hamburger buns
  28. Granola
  29. Ice cream
  30. Juice
  31. Ketchup
  32. Macaroni and cheese
  33. Maple syrup (some brands)
  34. Mayonnaise
  35. McDonald’s Hamburger
  36. Muffins
  37. Mustard (sweetened)
  38. Nuts (cocktail nuts)
  39. Oatmeal (any flavored kind)
  40. Peanut butter (some brands)
  41. Pickles (sweet pickles)
  42. Protein bars
  43. Protein powder
  44. Relish
  45. Salad dressing
  46. Soup
  47. Steak sauce
  48. Strawberry jam
  49. Turkey lunch meat
  50. Yogurt

Be Careful of Hidden Sugars

If you want to reduce sugar, be on the lookout for any of these words on the back of food nutrition labels.

Alternative Names for “Sugar” on Nutrition Labels

Beet sugar, brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, evaporated cane juice, fructose, fruit juice concentrates, galactose, glucose, grape sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, invert corn syrup, invert sugar, lactose, malt, maltose, malt syrup, maple syrup, molasses, raw sugar, rice syrup, sucrose, sugar, syrup

Be on the Lookout for Fake Sugar Too

Be careful of foods that add fake sugar too. Many low-calorie, gluten-free, and high protein foods have fake sugars added!

Alternative Names for Fake Sugar

Acesulfame K, aspartame, equal, Erythritol, neotame, Newtame, Nutrasweet, saccharin, sucralose, Sweet ‘N Low, Sweetleaf, Sweet Twin, Splenda, Stevia

Want a Cheat Sheet to Find Sugars?

Overwhelmed by all the information? Look on the back of a food’s nutrition label. Look for everything listed under “Total Carbohydrate.” Be on the lookout for “total added sugars” and “added sugars.”

nutrition label showing total sugars and added sugars under total carbohydrates
Look for “Sugars” and “Added Sugars”

Reference to “sugar alcohols” is bad too. Those are fake sugars. Fake sugar may not have any calories in it, but it completely messes up food cravings in my opinion. Plus, fake sugar is so bad for you!

Quest energy bar nutritional information with fake sugar
Quest Bar with Fake Sugar

You can quickly identify fake sugars by looking for a fake sugar (listed above) under “Total Carbohydrates.”

For example, the Orgain Organic Protein Powder advertises, “no sugar added,” yet it has fake sugars in it. So misleading!!

nutritional info, calories, and protein in Orgain protein powder
Fake Sugar in Orgain Protein Powder

Wishing you health!

Chrissy from The Jeans Fit

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