Monday, June 7, 2010

Say No To High Fructose Corn Syrup


Have you see these commercials trying to make High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) seem like it's totally okay for consumption?

This makes me angry! 

Why you ask? Well, because there are so many lies in these commercials, and HFCS is the leading cause in obesity right now. It's pretty much a death sentence. By airing these commercials, the Corn Refiners Association is silently promoting future health problems so that they can earn a dollar at the end of the day. 

At the end, the narrator says, "Get the Facts." Let's go through all of the lies in the commercial and get the real facts right now:

A.  HFCS is almost impossible to eat in moderation because it is in almost everything. It's way cheaper to use than sugar and it is easily dissolved in liquids, which is why it is so popular in the beverage industry. It's also used as a preservative so it extends the shelf life of food. That explains why you see it in place of sugar in everything. It's even in ketchup! Why?

B. In addition to obesity, It's also been linked to diabetes and overeating. After doing some research, I found out that HFCS also affects the hunger hormone in your body known as leptin, which creates an increase in your appetite and causes people who eat foods with HFCS to overeat. 

C. HFCS does come from corn, but it is not natural. It's completely manufactured requiring the use of enzymes and a series of chemical processes.  The processing of any food causes changes in its composition, therefore, making it unnatural.

D. It's obvious that HFCS is not the same as real sugar. But, if you would like to learn more about it, read this study that Princeton University posted on March 22, 2010. And, if it's supposedly the same..... then just use real sugar!

Knowing how much of a negative effect HFCS has on our health, commercials like these should be illegal. 


Anonymous said...

If being "completely manufactured" makes it unnatural ... table sugar (you know, the stuff from sugar cane?) isn't natural either. I guess you better stick to fruits. Period.

Monica said...

Hi. Thanks for your comment. I agree....table sugar is also not natural. There are better alternatives out there such as unbleached carbon free sugar or brown rice syrup. Agave I hear is also not so good for you. Table sugar is not good for you either, but I would prefer it over HFCS - if you had to pick one.

Monica said...

I just wanted to clarify based on my last comment when I say table sugar is not natural. When something is refined and processed and manufactured in that way, then it's not in its natural form. That's what I mean by it not being natural.

Andrea said...

What are your thoughts on turbinado? It's what I use regularly instead of white table sugar and seems to be "more natural". I am also disgusted by the HFCS and how it is in literally everything.

Monica said...

Hi Andrea! I have used Turbinado, but haven't done much research on it until now. I found out that it's different from white sugar because it's not refined, but it is obtained or crystallized from the initial pressing of sugar cane. I also found out that it is less in calories. So, to me that seems like a healthier choice since there is less processing.