High-Fructose Corn Syrup, MSG and Aspartame

At Passanante’s Home Food Service we’re busy looking after our families and yours alike. You have probably heard controversial buzz about high-fructose corn syrup, MSG and aspartame, and maybe all of the press left you with more questions than answers. Even though none of our products contain these ingredients, here’s a little information on each.

High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is the most common sweetener added into processed foods and beverages. While it is chemically similar to real sugar, many have concerns about how the sweetener is processed prior to being added to a variety of foods. Like any type of sugar, ingesting high-fructose corn syrup can lead to weigh gain, cavities, poor nutrition and increased risk of heart attack, but there is no research that shows HFCS is any less healthy than real pure sugar.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is an ingredient commonly found added to Chinese food, canned vegetables and processed meats. Over the past decade or more this flavor enhancer has been the subject of much controversy; however it has been classified by the FDA as safe for consumption. Despite reports of headaches, numbness, chest pain and nausea among other symptoms, no research has conclusively found MSG is in anyway tied to these adverse reactions.

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener commonly found in sodas and chewing gum that has been around for more than 30 years. Nearly 200 times sweeter than sugar it is often substituted for real sugar to reduce calories as much less Aspartame is needed to get the same sweetness as larger quantities of sugar. Some fear Aspartame increases the risks of lymphomas, leukemias, or brain tumors, although no studies have confirmed this. Aspartame is been approved for consumption by the FDA and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations World Health Organization.

At Passanante’s our goal is to help you provide the best nutrition to your friends and family with every delicious home cooked meal you prepare. To become a part of our incredible community give us a call anytime to schedule an appointment or hop onto our Facebook and Twitter to get connected!

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