N.M. asks from Austin, TX on March 02, 2009
S.S. answers from Houston on March 09, 2009
I was told to cut out products with high red dye. Even red products like fruit snacks and fruit roll ups. It works when I stick to it. Hope this helps some
M.D. answers from Longview on March 06, 2009
I have removed all corn products such as syrup, starch.. from my sons diet due to his behavior. It is hard, but I have found that just by reading the labels of several brands of the food I have found alternatvies. Such as... Teddy Graham brand graham snacks have no corn syrup. Walmart brand cheerios has no corn syrup compared to the Cheerios brand. The organic milk that comes in juice box size of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry don't have corn syrup in them, but still taste flavored. There are several juices out there now that advertise right on the package that they have no corn syrup added. I have been able to find some brand just by reading labels of everything my son likes, including gummy bears that are made with sugar not corn syrup. I haven't had to shop at a health food store yet, and haven't increased the food expense much either. Good luck, the difference it has made in my 3 year old is amazing. he won't be going back on corn for a long time.
S.T. answers from Houston on March 03, 2009
Whole Foods is less likely to have HFCS. If it's organic, it's not going to have it. Look at Annie's brand foods. Kroger has a good section of healthfoods. Read lables, but if you buy from the healthfood areas you will do better on the junk. Generally, the fewer the ingredients, the better the product.
My girls are sensitive to gluten, so we have to avoid wheat entirely. One child has behavior issues, another is a zombie (doesn't even respond to her name) and the third can't speak clearly. Eliminating gluten/wheat has helped tremendously.
J.F. answers from Houston on March 03, 2009
I haven't personally encountered this issue, but it made me curious and I started looking in my own cabinets. And WOW -I was amazed! It is everywhere. So I did a little checking and found a great web site. It has a list of foods that do NOT contain HFCS, a discussion forum, an upcoming recipes page (free of HFCS) and so much more. You might want to check it out. After discovering so many things with HFCS, I surprised at how many things that are not "organic" without the HFCS content. It includes everything from cake mixes, cereals, chips, candies, condiments, crackers, dairy, and so much more. http://www.stophfcs.com/list.html
Best of luck to you!
The M.O.M. Team
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K.N. answers from Austin on March 02, 2009
Yep, we do this. There are lots of articles on the internets about it. Google "no high fructose syrup, foods" and you'll get articles and blogs.
1.) Point blank, buy organic. This will also cut out mainstream preservatives, nitrites and food dyes from his diet which should also improve his focus and behavior.
2.) Consider buying a bread machine and make your own bread. I know it sounds exotic and time consuming, but all it actually requires is the 10 minutes to measure off the ingredients and dump it in the unit. I'm a FT working mom--I don't have a lot of free time. Really, if I can find time to make bread, anyone can. I typically make a loaf each weekend. With quick rise yeast, it requires 2 hours start to finish. Loafs stay about a 4-5 days. We use TX honey for the bread's sugar base which can also is a good way to strengthen immunity against seasonal allergies (because the local environment's pollen is made into the honey; never realized the allergy-helper until I did some research!).
3.) You'll have to start reading labels... There are regular brands that use sugar instead of HFC... For example, Bush's baked beans instead of B&M Baked beans. Preggo Spaghetti sauce, Ben & Jerry ice cream. Dannon's "Naturals" yogurt. Email me and I'll try to put together a list of items in our pantry to save you the initial time investment of reading labels in the grocery store...
Ok, so here's the political and economic slant: Our government places a tax on sugar. We don't grow that much sugar in the U.S.; we import it. Hence, it costs more for companies to use sugar in their ingredients than sweetners derived from corn (aka: HFC syrups)... The U.S. is a major producer of corn; high fructose corn syrup is cheaper than sugar (which is why a bottle of Coca-cola in Mexico is made with sugar and its made with HFC in the U.S.). Food Companies that use sugar pass the additional cost onto the buyer. So, you should anticipate that groceries made with actual sugar will cost more than food made with corn syrup. Just wanted to let you know so you can plan your grocery budget accordingly.
I definitely must say that my daughter doesn't have nearly the tantrum, meltdown behavior that my other friends have with their children. I can only attribute it to the non-HFC diet that she has. Also, it will help you lose weight... Because you're body processess HFC differently than sugar.
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C.N. answers from Sherman on March 03, 2009
My son who is now 12 had and still has trouble staying on task. He eats healthy foods. Some kids just have a little more difficulty staying on task than others. What worked for my son was a task chart that was taped to his desk. After each assignment he was able to color the square blue if he stayed on task and red if not.(Let him choose his two colors) He was able to track his progress and also his teacher and I could see where and when in his day he had the most difficulty. As the school year progressed so did Colton's ablility to stay on task. He still does this in a different way now that he is in 7Th grade he keeps a daily journal. The chart and now the journal are listed on a daily basis and with each subject on there too. I gave small rewards for a good day such as a cookie or a Hot wheels and a slightly better reward at the end of a good week. Then at the end of a good month he got to choose a restaurant and it was just for Colton. No dad, no brother, no sister. Just a great dinner out with Mom. Of course you could include Dad if he wants to go. The chart gives them something to see and an extra sense of accomplishment when the majority of the squares are blue. Hope this helps.
K.B. answers from Houston on March 02, 2009
I have a son who cannot have wheat, milk or soy so I understand how difficult it can be to avoid certain things. If you have trouble finding bread without HFCS, try making wraps with tortillas instead of sandwiches for your son. There are a lot of cereals (not the sugary kinds, of course) that don't have it. As the previous poster said, any fruits, vegetables, meats, etc. will be fine. Check out the "health food" section of your grocery store. Most of the things featured there will not have HFCS in them.
D.M. answers from Houston on March 03, 2009
Have you discovered Ezekiel Bread??? I recently started buying this healthy bread (no HFCS).
My four children LOVE it!! You can find it at Whole Foods as well as in the refrigerated Organic section at Kroger. It it has a low glycemic index and is a complete protein. There are several varities..Genesis bread, etc....
C.B. answers from Austin on March 03, 2009
Read labels a lot. Give him fresh fruit & veggies. Shop the outside aisles of the grocery instead of the inner ones where all the packaged prepared food is. If his issues continue, consider having him tested for ADD or ADHD. Earlier intervention works well if that is his issue. Good luck.
A.C. answers from Austin on March 03, 2009
Just read your labels!!! A trip to the grocery store takes 2x at long but it is worth it. We try to avoid it with my son too and bread is the most difficult to find. Mine is young so he doesn't have many preferences yet and I can still get him to eat dark rye bread, etc. You will probably have a battle on your hands but I bet it is worth it in the end. Good luck!
T.V. answers from Houston on March 03, 2009
I make my son sandwiches using wheat tortillas to cut carbs. He was getting something like 50 for one sandwich (using whole wheat bread, meat and cheese), now it's down to something like 25. We buy individual juice from Sam's Natural Kids or something like that and I buy smooshed fruit or 100% fruit-by-the-foot for snacks. Target and HEB both carry quite a few health alternatives.