I'm not proud of what I'm about to say, but in the realm of finding the balance of food, the truth is beyond essential.
As you may know, I have been striving to eliminate high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) from my diet. I drink no regular American-made soft drinks. I buy alternative ketchup.
My last hurdles were hamburger buns and hot dog buns. Virtually every single brand has HFCS.
I solved the hamburger buns issue by resorting to rolls from the grocery store bakery: they don't use HFCS.
Hot dog buns are a different problem. No small bakery can match the consistency and texture of hot dog buns. The one brand, Natural Harvest, I have tracked down that doesn't have HFCS, is hard to find in the stores. Even when I can find it, they don't last as well.
So I broke down and bought mainstream hot dog buns. I have tried really hard to be as good as possible. I have to hope the bit of HFCS I may be consuming won't do much damage.
Finding products w/o HFCS is getting a little easier. But if you are like me, or you are someone with a corn allergy, grocery store shopping is frustrating and exhausting. In the land of the free, it would be nice to have a decent choice, and not be forced to eat products that are not healthy for us.