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30-Day High Fructose Corn Syrup Detox

dried corn scattered on lab table; beaker containing yellow syrup and dried cornWe’re starting to wake up to the impact of high fructose corn syrup on our nation’s health: Studies have shown that consumption of high fructose corn syrup leads to obesity, a condition that now affects more than 30% of American adults and is associated with heart disease, diabetes, strokes and other serious health problems. A recent UC Davis study featured on “60 Minutes” showed that just two weeks of eating high fructose corn syrup increased the risk of cardiovascular disease.

The problem is, most people don’t stop at two weeks. In fact, research shoes that sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup and sugar are addicting: Just like cocaine, they release endorphins, dopamine and seratonin as they hit your system, triggering the pleasure center of your brain. And just like illicit drugs, you need more and more of the stuff to feel good. People, it’s time for a detox!

Annually, Americans each consume 43 pounds of high fructose corn syrup, linked to obesity and heart disease. Take the 30-Day High Fructose Corn Syrup Detox and enter to win a case of Marquis O3, zero calorie, all-natural & organic HFCS-free carbonated drink! Even though Americans consumed less HFCS in 2011 than at any point since 1997, on average we’re still eating more than 43 pounds of the stuff each year. That’s because high fructose corn syrup can be found in soda, juices, baked items, condiments, salad dressing, crackers, bars, cereal, processed meats, and sauces—on pretty much every shelf in the supermarket.

Why is it there? After fat got a bad rap in the 1980s, manufacturers took out the oils and brought in high fructose corn syrup—a cheaper form of sugar—to add flavor. It worked: Consumption of HFCS has increased more than 1,000 percent since 1970. 

So how can we get it out of our lives? Join the Mommy Greenest 30-Day High Fructose Corn Syrup Detox! I remember when I first did this about 10 years ago I was so surprised by how many foods were chock full of the stuff. After I detoxed HFCS out of my life, I felt healthier—like the foods I was eating were really nourishing me, instead of just tickling my taste buds. I lost weight, too. I can’t wait to see what the Mommy Greenest High Fructose Corn Syrup Detox can do for you! Here’s how it works:

FIRST enter the giveaway below or leave me a comment below and pledge not to consume any high fructose corn syrup for 30 days—or try your best not to!

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I love Marquis O3, which sponsored this post—and our giveaway. I discovered this carbonated drink at the Natural Products Expo West and became totally obsessed. Marquis O3 gives me just the right amount of pick-me-up, with O sugar and O calories—and they’re USDA Certified Organic. O3, get it? The buzz on Marquis O3 is that it can help with weight loss, since it’s sweetened with organic stevia, which is an all-natural, calorie-free sweetener that doesn’t raise your blood glucose levels. (It’s even great for diabetics.) I love that it’s made with energy-boosting green tea and yerba mate, as well as immunity-powerhouse vitamin B and antioxidant-rich vitamin C, and comes in an always-recyclable can. Plus, in three flavors of delicious—Super Berry, Mango Ginger and Citrus—it’s perfect over ice or mixed with (dare I say) a shot of vodka. Why waste your time with Red Bull? Marquis O3 is the real organic deal.

But back to the detox…THEN read your labels—if they contain HFCS, put the product back on the supermarket shelf; as much as possible, avoid processed foods, juices and sodas when you’re eating out. AND for the next 30 days, come back and visit this page to leave me a comment with your updates: What part of the detox was easy? What was hard? I want to know about it—and I promise to respond!

One caveat to this video: Of course there is caffeine in the mix from the green tea—about 150 mg per serving. The perfect pick me up! 

This post was sponsored by Marquis O3 and meets the standards I’ve established to endorse a brand as “Mommy Greenest Approved.” Click here for more about Editorial Standards.

HFCS photo: SmartyPants Vitamins

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