Looking for a HFCS-free food? Check out the lists!

>> Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A little while back I wrote a guest post for Food with Kid Appeal that contained a list of all of the surprising HFCS foods and HFCS-free food review posts that I've written. I'm republishing this list here and plan to keep the list current. Look for a link to this post in the sidebar in a day or two and refer back to the list when you need to! And, as always, if you have a food that you're having trouble finding HFCS free, let me know! I love a good challenge!

Here's a list of our surprising HFCS foods so far:

Tonic water
Worcestershire sauce
Gatorade and sports drinks
Sweet pickles
Planters Nut-rician
Canned soup
Stuffing and Cranberry sauce
Cough syrup
Baked beans
Children's Tylenol

And here are some reviews of HFCS-free foods that we now enjoy.

Salad dressing

Maple syrup
Chocolate syrup
Bread and buns
True North Nut Crisps
Smashies applesauce
Indian simmer sauces
BBQ sauce
Fruit roll-ups

Bullseye BBQ sauce
Oroweat bread
Wild Harvest Organics
Crispy rice
POM Wonderful pomegranate juice
Wheat Thins Garden Vegetable Fiber Selects


Lori March 18, 2009 at 1:14 PM  

Very cool. A great post to bookmark for sure. Thanks!

Amy Ellen March 18, 2009 at 4:04 PM  

Thank you for this useful list! I appreciate your blog and your specific topic.

Sagan March 18, 2009 at 7:46 PM  

Ooh thank you so much for this list! That's great to have it all compiled in one post.

James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. March 19, 2009 at 9:43 AM  

Thanks for the list. A real eye-opener

jenny March 20, 2009 at 6:22 AM  

Hey, I was eating drumstick double chocolate ice cream last night and I noticed it contains HFCS!!! It's not one of the first few ingredients listed, so not sure if it's part of the ice cream cone or something. But we won't be buying that anymore.

fatfighter March 20, 2009 at 6:52 AM  

Great idea - love having a list. Very organized!

Jon (was) in Michigan March 20, 2009 at 6:27 PM  

Love the site!

I'm not sure if you know or not, but Ocean Spray has a HFCS free cranberry juice. I found it my local store stopped carrying my favorite organic brand.

Also, Pepsi is coming out with "retro" formula soft drinks using sugar instead of HFCS. Not that drinking sugar water is good for you...

Anonymous March 22, 2009 at 6:25 PM  

I got pointed to your blog by choofymama, as I am trying to lose weight and having no luck. She suggested that I try cutting down/eliminating the HFCS in my diet - I'm on day 5 of weaning off and have lost 3.5 lbs. Thanks so much for this blog, it is really helping me.

Mark Salinas March 23, 2009 at 5:09 AM  

I hope the weekend was fantastic! :)

James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. March 24, 2009 at 7:09 PM  

Great list for reference. Thanks

Kara March 25, 2009 at 5:23 AM  

We've decided to purge the last HFCS foods in our house (mostly the ketchups and a few condiments like that), so this is a great list to have for the reviews. Off to find some Muir Glen ketchup! Thanks!

FoodEssentials Mission March 25, 2009 at 2:40 PM  

Hi, Here's a database of 10's of thousands of products all of which you can see if they contain or do not contain HFCS (or any other ingredient, additive, allergen or nutrient).

To demonstrate i've included a link to a list of HFCS containing Orange Juices.


Hope this helps.

Amy March 25, 2009 at 6:51 PM  

Thanks for the list!

Tonic water is such a deceptive liquid, isn't it? How can something loaded with HFCS or sugar taste bitter?

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Anya September 6, 2009 at 4:56 PM  

I just want to say thank you for dedicating your blog to this topic. I'm really tired of people thinking I'm some sort of food nazi just because I'm trying to live a healthier, happier life. I'm not big into conspiracies, but if ever there was one, it would be the CRA's stranglehold on the US food industry.

A few years ago I started having bowl trouble coupled with crippling migraines, and I started to log the things I ate and drink. HFCS was the common link between all of them. I'm not a scientist, but I felt the results were clear when I essentially eliminated HFCS and felt like a new person.

I live in the Washington Heights neighborhood in NYC, and I have had an extremely difficult time finding HFCS-free food in our markets. It makes me deeply angry that people in my community are being essentially forced to feed their children this horrible "food" since it is cheap and abundant. I am feeding myself alone, so it is easier for me to purchase expensive food from higher end stores.

Anyway, thank you for your work!

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copymomma June 3, 2010 at 9:00 AM  

i was most suprised to find that meats, like hot dogs, have hfcs. the only kind that i could find at walmart was hebrew national the regular kind. fat free version has hfcs in it!!! are hot dogs not sweet enough now? I am by no means a health nut, i just have a corn allergy. i just want my donuts with natural sugar like god intended! LOL.

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Anonymous October 15, 2010 at 10:54 AM  

In case you haven't heard there is a new all natural sports drink that came out in Sept. It doesn't have any HFCS or any chemical dyes. It has real organic sugar. It is called Title. It comes in 3 flavors and my kids love it and so do I. I am a runner and it helps me the same way as gatorade after a long run. It is made by a new company in Miami called Electric Beverage. I live in Fl and I have found it in many Publix's. http://www.titlesportsdrink.com/

Black Swan December 15, 2010 at 3:01 PM  

Black Swan just made two new clean gourmet BBQ sauces with NO HFCS, NO CORN SYRUP and no preservatives, colorings, starches or anything artificial. Check it out: www.BlackSwanCompany.com

Anonymous January 31, 2011 at 4:17 PM  

If something is kosher, it will be HFCS-free.

Ben Tristem December 13, 2011 at 4:30 PM  

I found a wonderful video by a real expert explaining why HFCS is so bad...


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Anonymous July 1, 2013 at 1:38 AM  

About a year ago, much to my surprise, I came across canned corn labeled "no sugar added". A check of the unlabeled, cans of corn kernels (as opposed to creamed corn) showed that they contained HFCS.

Dana Brock Hageman January 27, 2015 at 10:30 AM  

I'm just wondering if you also watch or monitor the Hydrogenated products in the foods you purchase?
I LOVE this site, your lists and your recipes thus far!

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