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Sara Lee Skips the High Fructose Corn Syrup

Sara Lee Bread

Despite what the corn lobby would have us believe, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is not equivalent to sugar. Not only does it often contain mercury and possibly contribute to colony collapse disorder, thanks to subsidies HFCS is responsible for an overall sweetening of our diets. It’s a cheap additive that doesn’t spoil quickly, so food producers put it in everything, from desserts to bread.

Have you ever tried to find bread that doesn’t contain HFCS? I’ve had many a frustrating moment at my local grocery store, and my husband has even called me from the bread aisle when he wasn’t able to find a single loaf that didn’t list the stuff.

We’ve seen some companies make the switch, ditching the HFCS in their products, and it looks like Sara Lee is finally listening to consumers! The company’s Soft & Smooth and 100 percent Whole Wheat breads will no longer contain HFCS.

It’s always great to see that voting with our wallets can make a difference! Good on you, Sara Lee!

Source: The Ban of HFCS

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Becky Striepe is a green blogger and independent crafter with a passion for vintage fabrics. She runs a crafty business, Glue and Glitter, where her mission is to use existing materials in products that help folks reduce their impact without sacrificing style! She specializes in aprons and handmade personalized lunch bags.

5 comments
  1. Carl

    Although they’ve come a long way, supermarkets are still largely filled with toxic products, and it’s best to stay away from them unless there’s an emergency. If you do have to resort to shopping at one, stick to the frozen bread in the natural products section. Even markets with a limited natural selection will typically carry some items like Ezekial bread, so there would be no need to buy the improperly-marketed “fresh” bread with challenging ingredients. I’m glad to see Sara Lee making an attempt at doing better, though.

    1. Becky Striepe

      That’s a good point, Carl! The no-HFCS Sara Lee is more “better” than “best” for sure.

      I’ve actually never tried that Ezekiel bread…have you tried the Masada Bakery one? I love their sunflower loaf!

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