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Best products without High Fructose Corn syrup?

Best products without High Fructose Corn syrup?

I am trying to avoid HFCS and would love to hear peoples suggestions on their favorite HFCS free products.

Products who use real sugar,cane juice,honey or other natural sweeteners.

I am still looking for a decent HFCS free bottled BBQ sauce.

Tried Trader Joes and it was not very tasty...however their ketchup is great!

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  1. Right off the bat: Arnold's Natural Flax and Fiber Bread (not on the list referenced below but I don't know why not) I'll be interested to find out if anyone knows of a HFCS free bbq sauce. Oh, how about the "Maman" brand of fruit preserves? I believe they have no HFCS but I don't have any jars here to prove it.
    Okay, you could have looked this up on your own...but let's have some comments on this list...you asked for the Best Products without High Fructose Corn Syrup and here's a list of products without HFCS...Maman is on the list:
    I do have a bottle of Heinz Organic ketchup (on the list) in the fridge...we do like it!


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    1. re: Val

      Why not make your own BBQ sauce? You don't need any exotic ingredients - molasses, mustard, ketchup, hot sauce, sugar, vinegar, etc.


      1. re: Val

        I bought some BBQ sauce this weekend at Ralph's. Every.single.one. had HFCS except for the lonely expensive bottle on the bottom shelf simply called "Hawaiian BBQ Sauce". It was quite a bit pricier than the other options, but it tasted fantastic on my pulled pork sandwiches.

        1. re: Princess91765

          Have you heard of Two Fat Guys Gourmet Sauces? They make a great BBQ sauce that has no HFCS.

      2. Grown up Soda (GUS) is a very good line of sodas that uses cane sugar:


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        1. re: Sean

          This is why we stock up on "Passover Coke." It's the only time I ever drink any pop anymore.

          TJs has several BBQ sauces, you should give them another try. I think the one we get is a kansas city sauce and it's v. good. I think Annie's also doesn't have it in (in the organic section of your regular grocery).

          1. re: rockandroller1

            Passover anything...Fox's U-bet for example.

          2. re: Sean

            I've been drinking Jarritios and Jones Pure Cane sodas lately. You gotta love flavors like Tamarind. One side effect (besides the raw sugar rush of Jones) is that I drink a whole lot less soda, my sweet tooth craving is satisfied far more by these drinks than the big name sodas.

            1. re: chilihead

              I learned from a nutritionist that the big cola companies not only use HFCS because of cost reasons but artificial sweeteners do not give the body the feeling of fullness that natural cane sugar does, resulting in the consumer craving more soda, hence the 20 and 24 ounce bottles of Coke that have become popular over the past decade or so.

              1. re: Sean

                Think back to the 60's and 70's before hfcs was sneakily added to our soda life... What size were the sodas at the local burger hangouts? 8-16 ounce for small to large... What is a large now? 44 ounce... The explanation that hfcs does not give that full sensation that we got from feeling satisfied by our what would now be a small soda and we did not have to get a "refill" for the road... Coke really pulled the wool over our eyes with "New Coke"... gave them a perfect window to move hfcs into the formulations and then after the disgust with "New Coke", they brought back "Classic", only with hfcs instead of sugar... I can't remember the dates, but I think that is when the influx became a tidal wave of hfcs.

                Trader Joe's has a chocolate syrup in the Organic section that was truly marvelous.
                Beware on Blue Sky Sodas, ONLY the Organic Cola is HFCS free... and cane sugar sweetened. but I do love the flavor of the organic one, just a bit too pricey, so I do the Whole Foods and Albertson's Wild Harvest Colas... I think the Blue Sky might be very similar to Grown Up Soda's Dry Cola... Have to give that one a try, found it on this list, thank you to the lister... here is hoping it is ok on price... The aroma on Blue Sky Organic New Century Cola is mesmerizing many herb and spice notes that satisfy the nose as well as the taste buds.

                1. re: wllp

                  I got a carbonating machine for Christmas because I'm partial to plain carbonated water. We've experimented, mixing with juices for fruit sodas, and YUM! Our favorite is 3-4 parts soda water to one part Simply Lime or Orange. The latter is much like Orangina.

              2. re: chilihead

                Hansens Pomegranate is nice, not as sweet as other pop.

                French limonade is usually a pretty good choice too.

                1. re: coney with everything

                  Since I have started avoiding HFCS I just take my favorite fruit juice and add seltzer. I get the taste that I want and avoid the nonsense.

                  Of course I am old enough to see soda/pop as an occasional treat and not a daily/weekly thing.

            2. Annie's Natural Organic Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce is delicious. They have a few different flavors, but they are more mustard-tasting. So if you're not a huge mustard fan the sweet and spicy sauce is a good option. If you go to Wholefoods they have a lot of bbq sauces to choose from.

              I have bookmarked the site StopHFCS.com and refer to their list of HFCS-free foods regularly.


              1. Bone Suckin Sauce is the only widely available HFCS-free BBQ sauce that I've found, and it's quite good, although not as thick as most commercial brands. I particularly like the spicy one; I marinate shrimp in it and then grill them quickly, very good. Here in Rhode Island it's available at Stop & Shop and Whole Foods.


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                  1. re: dagwood

                    Just sent an email to Gates BBQ for ingredient info. Kansas/Missouri firm, hoping that they aren't polluting their sauce, but I don't have a bottle out her in Calif to check. Told them I am allergic to corn and hfcs and asked for their assistance. If you want a weight loss testimonial of the effects of HFCS and obesity... here goes... I dropped over 75 pounds by switching out HFCS for cane sugar... NO reduction in calories, NO diet foods or art sweeteners, just removed HFCS and replaced with sugar. No hunger pangs, felt full ALL the time. Also dropped corn fed beef and switched to grass fed beef. No longer had problems eating beef... AND naturally felt full on half the serving size. I could eat a big t-bone and allt the sides, moved to grass-fed and now that same t-bone lasts for 4 meals. Makes the price for grass fed much easier as well. There is actually flavor to the meat and not from covering with sauces. When you actually are satisfied by the food you eat life is much better.
                    Now if you think that it was not related to hfcs, I got some regular hfcs coke in a 12 pack and in the matter of a few weeks put back on 5 pounds. Can I hear a Hallelujah?

                    1. re: wllp

                      Hey wllp - hope all is going well. I just ran into this thread and have had an amazing last month dropping a dress size just by giving up any food with HFCS in it. I can hardly believe it! Everything else is the same, including still enjoying cane sugar (hey can we get a little help from the cane sugar industry to beat back the HFCS usage?). Unfortunately, it's a little tricky to avoid HFCS when eating out. I never know what tomato sauce or whatever it may show up in so I'm sticking to what I know doesn't have any in it. I have been trying to figure out what food ingredient would cause my clothes to become tight OVERNIGHT for about 10 years and I FINALLY FIGURED IT OUT. I don't care what the food processors say, I know this stuff is poison. I just feel bad for the general public whose health is wrecked by this junk and they don't know it and are being lied to. Hey - I hope you are still enjoying great health and good food. Cheers.

                    2. re: dagwood

                      I love this stuff! It's the only BBQ sauce I buy anymore.

                    3. Heinz Organic Ketchup is excellent and it doesn't contain HFCS.

                      Pepperidge Farm's new Wheat Crisps are better than Nabisco Wheat Thins and they don't contain HFCS -- Wheat Thins do. PF's new Pretzel Crisps are also very good and they don't contain HFCS.

                      Some other excellent no HFCS foods:

                      Consorzio marinades
                      Marie's Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing, Thousand Island Dressing
                      Breyer's All-Natural Fruit Bars
                      Hellman's/Best Foods Mayonnaise
                      Nabisco Original Triscuits
                      Simply Lemonade and Simply Limeade
                      Stacy's Naked Pita Chips
                      Skippy Peanut Butter
                      Soy Vey Very Very Teriyaki Sauce
                      Bulls-Eye bbq sauce -- see http://www.kraftfoods.com/kf/Products... bottom of page

                      1. I love the Southaven Farm baking mixes to make muffins, quick breads and pancakes. All natural, no HFCS, you decide what to add to them (real sugar, honey, etc). You can see their stuff at www.southavenfarm.com. Also, all of Annie's Naturals have no HFCS and taste delicious. For great natural dried fruits and veggies, try www.justtomatoes.com. Natural nut butters are great too.

                        I was very surprised when I saw how many things have HFCS in them, especially when I noticed it in hummus! Good luck!!

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                        1. re: chaddick

                          Thanks for the tip on the Bullseye BBQ sauce.

                          Thats great that Kraft is changing over some of its products.

                        2. Trader Joes Organic Reduced Sugar Preserves - especially the blueberry - yum...

                          1. Try Billy Bee's Honey BBQ sauce. It's the only one I've found without hfcs. I love it and so do my kids!

                            1. I'm trying to avoid HFCS too, and have been enjoying Pepsi Throwback, and Arnold Whole Grain White (comes in Whole Wheat and another style as well), and was happy to discover today that Thomas' english muffins are free of HFCS in several of their flavors. Also today, the cole slaw dressing in the refrigerated section had HFCS, but the Mazetti's brand on the shelf with salad dressings was free of HFCS.

                              1. Buy BBQ sauce at TJs. And Kraft makes a "diet" barbeque sauce w/out HFCS that is not carried in all markets. One of my favorite products which has no HFCS is genuine maple syrup.

                                1. If you need a syrupy sweetener, the raw agave nectar they carry by the fruit at Whole Foods is really good. It has the same cals as sugar but is said to have a lower glycemic index value.

                                  I've heard good recommendations about Heinz organic ketchup but don't recall having had that.

                                  If you don't mind doing a lot of label-reading, I find a lot more no-HCFS brands at ethnic stores, particularly Mexican and some Asian.... places that grow sugar cane!

                                  1. Krogers' Private Selection Triple Berry preserves are really good. And Nestle's chocolate syrup doesn't have HFCS.

                                    1. Eden Foods mirin rather than Kikkoman. Also, it's actually real mirin, unlike Kikkoman.

                                      1. New BBQ Sauce - No HFCS - No Processed Sugar - Chef Hymie Grande is coming to market...

                                        1. My favorite sandwich bread is a 9 Grain bread from Trader Joes - similar in style to a Catherine Clark Brownberry bread in the Midwest. Last time they were out of it, so I got a Milton's Whole Grain Plus. I've heard people rave about Miltons. PLus it has all these 'heart healthy' claims.

                                          So I toast some bread and make a sandwich. Wow, this taste sweet! So what's in the ingredients list - #4 brown sugar, further down honey ('touch' says the label), further down, sugar. But no HFCS. Must be healthy for me!

                                          As for my favorite, no sugar, but some honey. 1g of sugar per slice v. 3g in Miltons. And despite the smoother, softer texture, Miltons is higher in fiber (from wheat bran and oat fiber).

                                          1. My BBQ sauce of choice (currently in my fridge) is 365 organic from Whole Foods: Tangy Barbecue Sauce - very good! Someone mentioned Pepsi Throwback, we've tried that too and like it. Goose Island Rootbeer is another soda made with sugar instead of HFCS. I love Annie's ketchup, Smucker's Simply Fruit Jam - made with pectin instead, LaChoy sweet 'n sour sauce, and Izze sparkling juices, to start with a few.
                                            I had a recipe for Monster Cookies which required corn syrup, and the bottle of corn syrup contained HFCS! Read your labels! http://spilledingredients.com

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                                            1. re: spilled ingredients

                                              If you are trying to avoid HFCS, why would you even look at the low fructose corn syrup? Comes from the same plant and companies.

                                              Unless you choose (or make) a North Carolina style sauce that is heavy on the vinegar, your BBQ sauce is going to be mostly sugar (at least calorie wise) - regardless of whether it is sweetened with HFCS, or evaporated organic, hand squeezed cane juice.

                                              Pectin is the thickener in jam, not the sweetener.

                                              Avoiding HFCS makes some sense if it helps you cut back on total sugars. It's less obvious what the benefits are if you just substitute one sweetener for another.

                                              1. re: paulj

                                                The difference becomes more obvious via current studies. There is a world of difference emerging in the impact of HFCS and sugar. The issue of how much to limit caloric sweetener intake and how to do it are really different questions. (One might want a BBQ sauce with a certain taste, but not indulge in sweets much overall.)

                                                This article points out some of the issues:
                                                "In soda, it has been found that by using HFCS instead of pure sugar it can make the soda 10 times richer in harmful carbonyl compounds. According to one study, carbonyl compounds are elevated in people with diabetes and are blamed for causing diabetic complications such as foot ulcers and eye and nerve damage. Another study concluded that foods with increased fructose “produced significantly higher fasting plasma triacylglycerol values than did the glucose diet in men” and “if plasma triacylglycerols are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, then diets high in fructose may be undesirable”."

                                                This article below cites:
                                                "evidence that human consumption of fructose-sweetened but not glucose-sweetened beverages can adversely affect both sensitivity to the hormone insulin and how the body handles fats, creating medical conditions that increase susceptibility to heart attack and stroke."

                                                Now, that last article is referring to a study that looked at fructose vs. glucose, not HFCS vs. sugar. In the study itself (linked from that page) the authors say: "Foods and beverages in the US are typically sweetened with sucrose (50% glucose and 50% fructose) or high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is usually 45%–58% glucose and 42%–55% fructose, rather than pure glucose or fructose. We have reported in a short-term study that the 23-hour postprandial TG profiles in male subjects consuming 25% energy as HFCS (55% fructose) or sucrose were elevated to a degree similar to that observed when pure fructose–sweetened beverages were consumed (19). Therefore, it is uncertain whether the adverse effects of sucrose and HFCS consumption are “diluted” by their lower fructose content relative to pure fructose. Additional studies are needed to compare the long-term effects of consuming HFCS and/or sucrose with 100% fructose."

                                                Often, HFCS is described as slightly higher in fructose than glucose but not much, while the article excerpt above gives a wider range. However, the sugar industry makes an interesting notation in this blurb about sweetener types:
                                                When it mentions HFCS, it says:
                                                "It is becoming more common to further process fructose-enriched corn syrups to increase fructose content. These enhanced fructose corn syrups contain at least 95% fructose by weight."

                                                What I gather from all this is:

                                                Current studies are showing that HFCS is having adverse impacts on the body in ways that comparable use of conventional sugar does not. Note this does not speak to how much sugar is safe to eat.

                                                There's still a lot to be learned about why HFCS has the adverse impacts that it appears to have. When you eat sugar - sucrose - it's the body's job to break it down into glucose and fructose. (The larger crystals are more resistant to natural breakdown, at least outside the body.) So is it the stage of breakdown into fructose/glucose at the consumption point that matters, or is it something else about HFCS that is causing problems? I believe they're still working on figuring that out.

                                                1. re: Cinnamon

                                                  I remember the study about fructose v glucose. But a follow up study using HFCS v sucrose sweetened drinks found that there was no difference in the subjects' sense of fullness or satiation, etc. In that study they feed the subjects a controlled diet, with the only difference being in the sweetener used in one of the drinks.

                                                  I have read that HFCS is normally made in the 95% fructose form - i.e. use the enzymes (etc) to convert as much of the glucose as possible. This is then blended with the usual glucose corn syrup to produce the desired quality. For example a 55/45 mix has a sweetness similar to a sucrose syrup. A mix that is higher in glucose is preferred by bakers, because of the hygroscopic (moisturizing) qualities of glucose. So it is unclear whether there are any consumer products which use the 95% form directly. If 95% does not taste sweeter, why use it?

                                                  As you noted in another thread, agave may be as high as 90% fructose, yet few people worry about its affect on health.

                                                  Showing the HFCS is worse for you than sucrose derived syrup requires proving that there is something fundamentally different about the fructose in HFCS compared to that in invert sugar syrup (where sucrose is split into constituent fructose and glucose).

                                                  1. re: paulj

                                                    The study I believe you referred to at the top of your post is this one:

                                                    Effects on health, not satiety per se, were the point of my post. But yes, the research on all this is still evolving and satiety's an important issue too (tied to health in terms of consumption levels and possibly as an indicator of what's going on with the ingredients in the body). UC Davis appears to be doing a study now on sugar-sweetened beverages and their effect on metabolism.

                                                    Agave nectar/syrup has a niche user base than does HFCS - I have seen some articles starting to decry that.

                                                    It'll be interesting to see where they get over the next 10 years or so with the research.

                                                    1. re: Cinnamon

                                                      All the hysteria about HCFC is just that, hysteria without any scientific basis. Many of the same people who are railing against HFCS were touting pure fructose as a healthy alternative to sucrose just a few years ago. Sucrose is just a fructose molecule and a glucose molecule weakly bonded together. They break apart on first contact with stomach acid.

                                                      The HFCS used in BBQ sauce is usually 55-45. The reason it's used is that too much granulated sugar tends to crystallize. Otherwise, the taste is indistinguishable.

                                                      The reason kids are fat today isn't because Coke switched from sugar to HFCS; the reason kids are fat is because Coke went from 6 oz. to 20 oz.

                                                  2. re: Cinnamon

                                                    Actually there are also lot of current studies that show that there really isn't a significant difference in the way HFCS and sucrose are metabolically broken down.

                                                    American Medical Association and the American Dietetic Association did a review of current scientific studies and came to that conclusion. I think Marion Nestle is also under that opinion. A scientific review at a Penn State Dietetic Association really breaks it down about the position from AMA and ADA.

                                                    So the question isn't WHY HFCS is more harmful, but IS HFCS more harmful that sucrose? The jury, if there is such a think in science, IMO, hasn't come to the conclusion that it is more dangerous.

                                              2. Smucker's now has Orchard preserves, no HFCS!!! yay, though I love Bonne Maman, their prices are getting a little ridiculous around here anyway--


                                                1. i try to stay away from HFCS, since i'm confident that if the corn industry really believed there was no difference they wouldn't bother with higher fructose levels. HFCS is CHEAPER, has been shown to more addictive, less easily broken down by the body and has been shown in university studies that it affects the way the body perceives fullness, leading consumers to be less satisfied with the same amount of non HFCS sugars...so we want more more more. i realized this myself when drinking foreign sodas that uses cane sugar and the ones in the US you can find now. i love mountain dew soda. HFCS version i'd drink 3 or 4 cans a day, with the new "throwback" formulation with cane sugar i might not even drink 2....instead of chugging a can and wanting another in 2 hours, that one can tends to last me several hours, drinking it sip by sip over that time, not downing a can whole. i've also done blind taste tests with a group of about 50 random volunteers and all of them could taste the difference in flavor, most finding the HFCS "too fake and too sugary" ....they tasted it distinctly, just the way a sip of diet soda is easily distinguished from a full sugar version. ,...just fyi, if you ever go to germany or can find a german deli or food store that carries german orange fanta, TRY it!! it's got actual juice in it, so it's it's a bit tangy and real sugar, so it's not sticky sweet...it's like moderately sweet orange soda with a kick of what tastes like fresh from the juicer at home orange juice! it's GREAT! my hubby grew up there and loves it, so his dad in TX goes to their german deli at christmas and sends us a big cooler full of them!

                                                  anyway, one of my favorite new things for my 7 year old who loves fruit snacks is a product you can get at dollar tree stores called "florida's natural healthy treats nuggets" they're packs of little fruit flavored bits with no HFCS, 66% real fruit juices and fruits, all natural flavors, antioxidants, vitamin c, no colors or preservatives, NO GELATINE! nut free and kosher. they come in regular with 4 flavors or sour with 3. they're soooo much better than fruit snacks/gummi's that are no fruit, all HFCS and full of gelatine ( do you KNOW what that IS??)
                                                  i've also found the new heinz ketchup without it is great, and have found several brands of breads...sara lee i think is one.
                                                  i've also found a couple of brands of chocolates lately that use only cane sugar. YUM! and 1 or 2 is enough, no more going through a whole box before you realize it!

                                                  as for bbq sauce, try this site, which first talks about the sweeteners they use, and also has a store

                                                  good luck!

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                                                  1. re: kota

                                                    "f the corn industry really believed there was no difference they wouldn't bother with higher fructose levels."

                                                    I don't understand this. 'higher levels'? Higher than what? For a start you could be specific about the relative proportions of fructose and glucose in various uses, including sucrose.

                                                    1. re: paulj

                                                      I just got back from Costco and found what I felt was the holy grail. After years of looking for a no-hfcs bbq sauce that would come close to my favorite KC Masterpiece (tried Trader Joe's, Wegmans, Bulls Eye, and Whole foods, plus a few kosher for passover varieites)

                                                      KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce - private stock

                                                      The 2010 recipe was terrible, 2 vinegars instead of 1, plus HFCS. made it worse than the regular KC Masterpiece BBQ

                                                      The new 2011 recipe says right on the front "NO HFCS". Except for the hfcs-to-sugar swap, the ingredients are item by item 100% the same as regular sauce. The sauce tastes identical to the HFCS version but with no HFCS aftertaste. When BBQing the sugar version cooks on to the meat a bit better too!!

                                                  2. Lucky now there are several and gowning list of them as while the corn industry says it safe and same as sugar but try and ask them why in totally banned in baby food where sugar rules and believe me you will not even get a response on that question from them.

                                                    1. Whole Foods steak sauce - no HFCS, tastes like A1

                                                      1. I suspect that HFCS is no worse for you than sugar, but I do buy Heinz Simply Ketchup and Pepsi Throwback, and avoid artificial sweeteners.

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                                                        1. re: DonShirer

                                                          if HFCS is no worse then sugar then why is it totally banned from baby food but sugar is not

                                                          1. re: mangusfl

                                                            Over reaction based on emotional arguments? There is no law that says the laws have to be rational.

                                                            No valid scientific study has ever demonstrated a health effect attributable to HFCS different from sucrose.

                                                        2. Most scientific evidence says HFCS is no worse for you than sugar is. However if you prefer to avoid it, "Simply Heinz" tomato ketchup is HFCS free.

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                                                          1. re: DonShirer

                                                            I never liked the taste of Simply Heinz. It's been awhile, but if I remember correctly, I thought it was too sweet. I could be totally wrong, though on that, but whatever it was, the taste was off to me. It could be that I'm just so used to the taste of regular Heinz ketchup, or maybe I just really like the taste of HFCS!

                                                            1. re: DonShirer

                                                              I question the "scientific evidence" that equates HFCS with sugar. Is it the same type scientific evidence that was used to support approval of the use of aspartame?

                                                              Regarding ketchup, Hunt's has put out a great tasting ketchup with no HFCS and it's easy to find and not too expensive. I think more and more food processors are offering a HFCS-free equivalent and are waiting to see what sells.