Richmond, VA: In a continued effort to exceed the health and wellness expectations of its customers, Ellwood Thompson’s Natural Market, Virginia’s largest independent natural foods store has removed all products with high fructose corn syrup from the store. The decision was made because the ingredient does not meet the store’s quality product standards, which are to provide foods that are minimally processed and free of artificial flavors, colors, preservatives and sweeteners.
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a sweeter form of corn syrup. It is a refined sugar and is produced by processing corn starch to yield glucose, and then processing the glucose to produce syrup with a higher percentage of fructose. Media reports and research papers have pointed to HFCS as a link to the growing rate of obesity in the United States. While a direct link has not been proven, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that fructose converts to fat more than any other sugar.
“Studies show that high fructose corn syrup contributes to high triglyceride levels and insulin resistance,” says Richmond nutritionist and registered dietician, Tina R. Shiver, M.S., R.D.
Shiver adds that, “research also shows that high fructose corn syrup could possibly be a contributor to obesity not merely through calories, but through chemical reactions that it stimulates in the body.”
Ellwood Thompson’s Mission is to exceed our customer’s health and wellness expectations by providing quality natural and organic products delivered by a knowledgeable, caring staff. We actively support our local community, the environment, and meaningful work for our staff.
“We want our customers to trust that Ellwood Thompson’s will eliminate items that we believe are unhealthy,” said Wade Carmichael, General Manager.