Tuesday, September 9, 2008

"Natural" Food: Cheetos and High Fructose Corn Syrup

Well I heard rumors the corn industry was going to fight back, but I never imagined it would be quite like this. With all the bad media around High Fructose Corn Syrup it was only a matter of time before people would wise up and avoid the stuff. Check out the ads from sweet surprise dot com. Who knows maybe you've already seen one of these on TV by now.

You know what they say about it? This is what they say about it. It's made from corn. Well this is true, but lets get real here for a moment. Industrialized corn funneled and processed down to High Fructose Corn Syrup and it isn't all that natural. Fruit sugar is still sugar, and to have them compare HFCS to regular sugar is certainly fair, but isn't that setting the standard pretty low?

Also lets think for a minute about all this "natural" food we keep hearing about. I see it on food labels all the time. Natural doesn't mean anything anymore. A cheeto can be natural, processed meats like bacon and sausage can be natural, but could anyone really argue that just because it's labeled natural it really is. Last I checked cheetos don't grow in the ground, you can't hunt them and aren't an animal byproduct. As far as I'm concerned that is what is natural.

Go ahead, eat the bag, it's all natural

But HFCS is made of fruit sugar, it has to be okay, right? Well again, this sugar comes in the absence of any of the positive things fruit brings to the table like antioxidants, fiber, and all kinds of micro-nutrients. The proposal for moderation is absurd because lets face it, one cup of that juice and you are over your daily limit for moderation. A couple tablespoons of ketchup would probably put you over a moderate amount. Moderation and HFCS don't exist. It hides in the ingredients label of all the packaged garbage food.

I think these commercials are further going to confuse the public and give them the rationalization they need to continue their crappy eating.


Ashley said...

Thank goodness you saw these commercials too (I didn't know if they got TV in the midwest, lol just kidding).
My and Joe's jaws hit the floor when the commercial ended and we immediately thought of you.
I guess the only positive thing about these commercials is that the masses are finally becoming educated on the negative aspects of high fructose corn syrup that the "corn syrup industry" is trying to save face.
On a similiar note, I recently learned that many breads Joe and I were buying had some high fructose corn syrup, so we switched immediately.

The east coast misses you...

Gregg said...


Yeah we have satellite out here, but I have yet to see them actually on the TV yet (though aside from watching the Mets and Entourage I don't really get in much TV watching).

It's good to know that when you see HFCS you associate it with me(sarcasm). I'll always remember you punks gave me corn syrup as a graduation present!