Concerns over corn syrup in formula

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Concerns over corn syrup in formula

You may notice if you read the ingredients of formula – which can be a little scary as is, because there’s a lot of technical sounding names that are not the most comforting to a new parent – one of the scariest ones though is one we’re all very familiar with which is corn syrup. Now the form that they’re in formula is usually corn syrup solids. Remember, this is not the same thing as high fructose corn syrup. They are both sugar derivatives of corn, but they’re not the same. And high fructose corn syrup goes through a completely different process, it’s way sweeter than corn syrup solids. The reason they have to use corn syrup solids is that they need some sort of carbohydrate in the formula and this is the one that they’ve decided to use. Brest milk has carbohydrates and sugar just like formula, it’s just that it’s lactose and it’s coming from the mother and it’s natural. That doesn’t mean that it processes in the body any differently. And there’s really nothing to be scared about seeing corn syrup solids on your formula can.

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Blogger & Author of Bottled Up

Suzanne Barston, CLC is the former Editor-in-Chief of Los Angeles Family Magazine, a Certified Lactation Counselor, and a freelance writer specializing in parenting, women’s interest, and science/health topics. She is the author of Bottled Up: How the Way We Feed Babies Has Come to Define Motherhood, and Why It Shouldn’t and blogs as her alter ego, the "Fearless Formula Feeder". "FFF", as it’s known to an international fan base representing over 40 countries, supports parents dealing with issues of guilt, fear, conflict and uncertainty regarding infant feeding difficulties and choices through critical assessments of research, pithy commentary, practical advice, and a weekly series allowing parents to share stories in a cathartic way. She is also the co-creator of the #ISupportYou movement. 

Barston was raised outside of Boston and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University in 2000. After living and working in Chicago and London, she now resides in Los Angeles with her husband, the photographer Steven Barston, and their two obnoxiously cute children. She and her husband were featured on two award-winning online reality series for, A Parent is Born and Welcome to Parenthood, about their pregnancy and first years as parents. Suzanne's writing and her work with FFF and Bottled Up have been featured in the New York Times, the Huffington Post,,, Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, Parenting, Babytalk, OhBaby!, Fit Pregnancy, The Observer, Yahoo Shine!, Australia's Good Weekend magazine, and on a variety of radio programs including KPCC's "Take Two", numerous NPR affiliates, "Parenting Unplugged", "Positive Parenting", "Mom Enough", "For Crying Out Loud", "Voice of Russia", and more. Suzanne was honored to be one of the keynote Voices of the Year in 2012 for the annual BlogHer conference.

She currently works both as a writer and as an Infant Feeding Counselor. 


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