How to get high fructose corn syrup out of your diet for good

The FDA just announced that, according to them, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is made using a complicated refining process complete with all sorts of chemicals, is a natural product.

The Corn Refiners Association is all a quiver with delight, announcing a hefty $30 million advertising campaign to promote the stuff.

And here is what we can do about it.

Get high fructose corn syrup out of your diet for good
The best thing we can do is refuse to eat the stuff. This is a fun tactic commonly known as voting with your dollars. Because if products with HFCS won't sell, then the manufacturers will have no incentive to plop the HFCS there in the first place. See how nicely that works?

Which means that the first thing we need to know is know where the stuff is lurking. So I made a list. Bear in mind, however, that this isn't even a complete list: I ran out of daylight!

Foods that can contain high fructose corn syrup
Applesauce
Bread
Bread Crumbs
Cakes
Candy Bars
Canned Vegetables
Canned Soup
Cereal
Cookies
Cottage Cheese with Toppings
Cough Syrup
Crackers
Cranberry Juice
English Muffins
Frozen Foods
Ice Cream
Jams
Jellies
Juice Drinks
Ketchup
Lemonade
Salad Dressings
Sauces
Snacks
Soda
Syrups
Yogurt, Flavored

The hard way to get high fructose corn syrup out of your diet

Memorize the above list. Every time you encounter one of these items, flip the package over and read the ingredients. If you see high fructose corn syrup on the ingredient list, place the package on the shelf and back away, slowly.

The easy way to get high fructose corn syrup out of your diet
Quit buying processed foods.

What to eat once you quit eating processed foods
Yep, made another list. You won't find any high fructose corn syrup in these foods. In fact, you won't even find ingredient lists!

Foods that do not have high fructose corn syrup
This list, too, is partial. My family kept eating my items.
Açaí
Acorn Squash
Alfalfa Sprouts
Amaranth
Apples
Apricot
Artichoke
Arugula
Asparagus
Avocado
Azuki Bean
Bamboo Shoot
Banana
Barley
Bean Sprouts
Beet Greens
Beetroot
Beets
Bell Peppers
Black-eyed Pea
Blackberry
Blueberry
Bok Choy
Brazil Nut
Broccoli
Brown Rice
Brussels Sprouts
Bulgur
Cabbage
Calabash
Cardoon
Carrot
Cashew
Cassava
Cauliflower
Celeriac
Celery
Cherry
Chickpeas
Chicory
Chili Pepper
Chinese Mallow
Chives
Clementine
Coconut
Coffee
Collard Greens
Crabapple
Cucumber
Currants
Dandelion
Dates
Eggplant or Aubergine
Elderberry
Endive
Fava Bean
Fennel
Fiddlehead Greens
Figs
Flaxseed
Garlic
Ginger
Golden Apple
Gooseberry
Gooseberry
Grapefruit
Grapes
Grapes
Green Onions
Green Beans
Green Peas
Guave
Jackfruit
Jerusalem Artichoke
Jícama
Kale
Key Lime
Kidney Beans
Kiwis
Kohlrabi
Kumquat
Leeks
Lemon
Lemon Grass
Lentil Beans
Lettuce, Red or Green
Lime
Lychee
Macadamia
Mandarin
Mango
Mangosteen
Melon
Millet
Mung Bean
Mustard Greens
Navy Beans
Nectarines
Nutmeg
Oats
Okra
Olive
Olives
Onion
Orange
Papaya
Parsnip
Passion Fruit
Pattypan Squash
Pea Sprouts
Peach
Peanut
Pear
Persimmon
Pigeon Pea
Pineapple
Plantain
Plum
Pomegranate
Pummelo
Pumpkin
Quinces
Quinoa
Radicchio
Radishes
Raspberry
Rutabaga
Rye
Shallot
Snow Peas
Sorrel
Soybean
Spelt
Spinach
Split Peas
Starfruit
Strawberry
Summer Squash
Swiss Chard
Tangerine
Tomato, Cherry
Tomato
Turnip Greens
Turnips
Ugli
Vanilla
Watercress
Watermelon
Wheat Berries
Wild Rice
Winter Squash
Zucchini