>> Thursday, February 5, 2009
Last month I talked about cold medicines with HFCS in them. This month, it hits a little closer to home for me...
My 2 year old daughter is cutting molars. Those of you with kids know that's a painful process, so to help her sleep at night, I often give her some liquid Children's Motrin. The other night, I gave her some Bubble Yum flavored liquid Children's Tylenol instead. I noticed it was really thick coming out, which made me suspicious, so I checked the ingredients. Do I have to tell you what I found? That's right - our nemesis high fructose corn syrup! The Children's Motrin had corn syrup but not HFCS.
You can read my rant about ingredients in medicines here. It appears that not all Children's Tylenol contains HFCS. In fact, Tylenol's official site indicates that none of their Children'ts Tylenol contains HFCS, so perhaps I opened an older bottle or maybe they've recently reformulated to include HFCS.
So, remember to check those ingredients! And remember that companies frequently reformulate their products, so it pays to scan the ingredients of even "safe" products.
What am I going to do with this HFCS-laden Children's Tylenol? I'd be lying if I told you I threw it out. Medicine is expensive! So, we'll use it and then look for a HFCS-free replacement. Fortunately, the dosage is small, so she won't get a lot of HFCS from her medicine.