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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Revisiting high fructose corn syrup

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Remember that post about high fructose corn syrup? Well, the founder of Practically Green posted on my facebook page asking if I checked my son's ibuprofen. I had not thought to check there and sure enough, boldly stated on the back of my generic ibuprofen was that nasty ingredient-- high fructose corn syrup. I remember shout a word not to repeated on my blog or in front of little children. I was a little outraged.

The next day, I asked the pharmacist at work "why oh why is this in my product." The answer is that it's a delivery agent. Then I started asking, "could I work with the right folks and invent something without HFCS?" Yes, but I'd need a lot of funding.

This is still on my mind ... there is nothing on the market. One mom told me to choose my green battles. Yes, I don't give my son generic ibuprofen everyday! I know it helps the medicine go down! But I am so [insert that bad word] mad!

Susan from Practically Green has a great post about this on their blog about her feelings on it. She was just as shocked as I to find parabens, HFCS, Sodium Benzoate, artificial colors and Propylene Glycol in her child's Tylenol.


  1. two thoughts:

    tylenol is acetaminophen, not ibuprofen.

    and apparently the "meltaways" don't have hfcs.

    Good luck with this. I'll be a first-time gramma in about two weeks and had no IDEA that having babies was so hard these days. YIKES!!!!

  2. The photo was just for photo purposes. I do know the difference but thanks for pointing that out.

    I will look at the meltaways next time!



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