An Ingredient You Should Avoid

High fructose corn syrup is a sweetener used to replace sugar in many processed foods and treats. Manufacturers love it because it’s cheap and doubly sweet! Unfortunately, it’s not as “sweet” as we think…

Research shows HFC can have the following detrimental effects on health: 

  • More easily turned into fat than any other carbohydrate because of it’s rapid effects on insulin (fat storing hormone) 
  • Shuts off switches that control insulin 
  • Liver is responsible for the burden of metabolizing HFCS = less energy for other functions like filtration of other toxins 
  • Increases triglyceride levels in the blood by 32%! This is a concern for both heart health and risk for diabetes 
  • HFC been linked to learning and behavioural disorders in children 

How to Avoid: 

The best way to ensure you’re avoiding this nasty sweetener is to read ingredients! If you see glucose/fructose (Canadian label for HFCS) you want to steer clear!  

HFC Free Snacks & Sweets 

 

Made Good Chia & Berries Bar 

Sweetened with dates, raisins, blueberries and apple juice, these bars are perfect for on the go hunger attacks with an intense burst of berry flavour and all the goodness of chia seeds. 
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Apple Cinnamon Larabars 

These bars contain only 6 ingredients -dates,  almonds, apples, walnuts, raisins and cinnamon. With 0 additives, preservatives and refined sugar. They are perfect for after a workout, or when you're craving something sweet. 
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Fuji Apple Chips

Only 1 ingredient- 100% organic apples, these crunchy little chips are slowly dried into an irresistible sweet treat kids love with all the benefits of real fruit fibre! 

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Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans

Give your children (or yourself) a sweet treat you can feel better about! These non- GMO candies are sweetened with natural cane sugar, with no added preservatives or colours. 

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GaGa for Gluten Free

Many conventional boxed cookies not only contain refined sugar, but also HFCS! Gaga For Gluten-Free have created a perfectly sweet and soft gluten-free shortbread cookie in 3 irresistible flavours like double chocolate, simply shortbread and chocolate chip. They have no additives, preservatives and very little sugar per 3 cookie serving (only 6g in the simply shortbread!). Best of all, they are made in a nut free facility so your children can pack for school. 

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Jaxcoco Coconut Water 

HFCS show up often in juices, pop and sports drinks. Liquids absorb much faster than food therefore any added corn syrup will cause a rapid spike in blood sugar leading to dangerously high and low fluctuations. These fluctuations over time have been linked to anxiety, behavioural disorders and weight gain.

Jaxcoco coconut water is a nutrient rich hydration alternative and comes in delicious flavours like chocolate and banana. Available in large, 1L tetra packs to smaller kids size. 


These quick snacks and healthier treats can all be found on our online boutique where the guesswork is done for you! We have carefully selected and tested the best quality ingredients for your family. When you shop with us, you can ensure you won't find any refined sugars, additives or preservatives in our products. 

Emily Sawyer

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