High-Fructose Corn Syrup

New research is brewing debate over the dangers of high-fructose corn syrup, writes Sharon Begley. See foods packed with the product.

This gallery originally contained a number of food items that at one time contained high-fructose corn syrup but whose makers have eliminated the ingredient. Those items include Nabisco Wheat Thins, Thomas English Muffins, Pepperidge Farm 100% Whole Grain Bread, Wish-Bone Creamy Caesar salad dressing, and Yoplait Yogurt.

Hansen's Tonic Water

Ever wonder why your gin and tonic is unexpectedly sweet? It may be because some tonic waters, like, Hansen's, contain a surprisingly high dosage of high fructose corn syrup. Be sure to check the label before mixing with your favorite spirit.

Photographer: Carolyn Taylor

Thomas English Muffins

Boasting zero saturated fat, this early-morning alternative to bagels and toast seems like the picture of healthfulness. And yet, it could lead to some serious love handles down the line with the amount of HFCS hidden within its bready center.

Pepperidge Farms 100% Whole Grain Bread

Sure, it's low in saturated fat, a good source of fiber, and certified by the American Heart Association, but whole-grain goodness is also high in carbohydrates, as well as a heap of sweetener—in the form of potentially harmful high fructose corn syrup.

Kellogg's Raisin Bran

Raisin Bran is notorious for being a particularly fibrous cereal, and while its seven grams are 30 percent of the daily minimum we're supposed to take in, that's a paltry amount in comparison to cereals like Fiber One, which boasts 19.5 grams. And where Fiber One has no sugar, Raisin Bran has almost five teaspoons worth, and much of that is overly processed HFCS.

Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars

This may be not be the healthful breakfast alternative you're looking for. Kellogg's morning snacks are loaded with sugar synonyms, and not just high fructose corn syrup. A look at the ingredients turns up HFCS as well as sugar, honey, and dextrose, too.

Campbell's Vegetable Soup (in microwaveable bowl)

Peas, green beans, carrots…high fructose corn syrup? While the microwaveable container may be tempting, beware the ingredient listed before even corn on this Campbell's packaging—corn syrup.

Mott's Apple Sauce

There's more than apples in this sauce. In fact, the second ingredient listed in a Mott's 24-oz container is high fructose corn syrup—ranking higher than water. This makes us wonder: Is HFCS as American as apple pie?

Oscar Mayer Pickle and Pimiento Loaf

There's no mystery in this meat: Look on the ingredients label of these lunchtime slices and you'll find corn syrup listed twice—once as a component of sweet pickle and again as part of the overall package. Sandwich this between two pieces of syrup-laden white bread, and you may be in for a serious sugar high.

Wish-Bone Creamy Caesar salad dressing

Et tu, Wish-Bone? You may not have known there was corn syrup in your salad until you looked at the ingredients of the dressing.

Oscar Mayer Lunchables

It's hard to beat a container that has a sandwich, snack, drink, and dessert all in one box. But when that box contains gobs of high fructose corn syrup, too, maybe your kid would be better off with a peanut butter sandwich after all.

This gallery originally contained a number of food items that at one time contained high-fructose corn syrup but whose makers have eliminated the ingredient. Those items include Nabisco Wheat Thins, Thomas English Muffins, Pepperidge Farm 100% Whole Grain Bread, Wish-Bone Creamy Caesar salad dressing, and Yoplait Yogurt Originals.