OMAHA, Neb., May 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Hunt’s®, a ConAgra Foods brand, is pleased to announce that it has removed the high fructose corn syrup from every bottle of its ketchup products. Hunt’s 100% Natural Ketchup brings forth the naturally rich tomato flavor of Hunt’s tomatoes and contains only five simple ingredients: tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, salt and other seasonings, with no high fructose corn syrup, artificial ingredients or preservatives.
“In direct response to consumer demand(1), Hunt’s is pleased to offer ketchup sweetened with sugar and containing only five simple ingredients,” said Ryan Toreson, Hunt’s Ketchup brand manager. “Parents are looking for wholesome meals and ingredients they recognize—and the taste of Hunt’s ketchup is something both kids and adults love. Even with the new recipe, we have maintained the same great tangy, sweet taste that Hunt’s has always had and that consumers tell us they prefer.”
“When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they’re becoming obese — every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don’t see this; they don’t all gain extra weight.”
So a corporation that doesn’t care about science that says a key ingredient
in their product makes rats fat, every one of them, in ways that produce
the same risk factors that in humans contribute to high blood pressure,
coronary artery disease, cancer, and diabetes, that same corporation does
care when its customers say they don’t want that ingredient.
As ConAgra says in the press release:
(1) The 2009 HealthFocus® Trend Report indicated consumer concern over high fructose corn syrup has risen from 27% of shoppers being extremely or very concerned in 2004 to 45% of shoppers in 2008.
We therefore conclude that our data strongly suggests that these GM
maize varieties induce a state of hepatorenal [liver and kidney] toxicity.
This can be due
to the new pesticides (herbicide or insecticide) present specifically
in each type of GM maize, although unintended metabolic effects due
to the mutagenic properties of the GM transformation process cannot
be excluded . All three GM maize varieties contain a distinctly
different pesticide residue associated with their particular GM event
(glyphosate and AMPA in NK 603, modified Cry1Ab in MON 810, modified
Cry3Bb1 in MON 863).
Why should GM foods have this sort of effect?
These substances have never before been an integral part of the human
or animal diet and therefore their health consequences for those who
consume them, especially over long time periods are currently unknown.
Humans generally have centuries of experience with most other foods,
and have rejected or developed appropriate preparation methods for those
that are toxic.
Plus until recently humans weren’t in the habit of eating pesticides
that had been deliberately engineered to be toxic to other species.
Especially without testing first to see if they might be toxic to humans….