Finding a substitute for corn syrup might not sound to difficult but elliminating it from your diet might be harder than you think! It is used in such a wide variety of food products that it's almost impossible to avoid completely. It is used in cookies, crackers, catsups, cereals, dressings, sauces, flavored yogurts, ice cream, preserved meats, canned fruits and vegetables, soups, beers, soda, and many others.
So, what is corn syrup? Kind of a long, complicated story but here goes..
Corn Syrup is commercial glucose made from chemically pruified conrstarch with every removed except for the starch. Now remember that before it was cornstarch it was corn and that 85% of corn grown in the US is genetically modified. This should leave a bad taste in your mouth already! Then when you look at the fact that aside from feeding animals, the single largest industrial use of American corn is the production of corn sweetners you must ask why?
Very simple answer, it's cheap! In fact, much, much cheaper than even refined sugar.
Then we have genetically modified corn syrup converted to high fructose corn syrup or HFCS. To make HFCS the corn syrup goes through another process called enzyme conversion. (If you want to know the details, Click here) This makes the corn syrup much sweeter so high fructose corn syrup is usually what your eating or drinking even though you may not realize it.
High Fructose Corn Syrup Health Problems
Substitute for Corn Syrup
As you can guess it's pretty hard to avoid this sweetner but if you're looking for a corn syrup substitute here's some alternative ideas...
Substitute for Corn Syrup in Recipes
If you have a recipe that calls for corn syrup you can improvise and make your own simple syrup!
Homemade "Corn" Syrup Recipe
2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 pinch salt
Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan.
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
Reduce heat to a simmer and put cover for 3 minutes to get sugar crystals off the sides of the pan.
Uncover and simmer, stirring often, until it reaches the soft ball stage.
Cool and store in a covered container at room temperature.Your syrup should keep for about 2 months.
Makes about 2 cups.
But don't forget large amounts of any type of added sugar — not just high-fructose corn syrup — can be linked to health problems such as weight gain, dental cavities, poor nutrition, and increased triglyceride levels, which can boost a heart attack risk.
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