Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A Little High Fructose Corn Syrup For Thought - Take 2

I found an article on mercola.com warning the public about the Corn Refiners Association media blitz regarding High Fructose Corn Syrup. Since we all know how much the whole HFCS thing drives me dangerously close to the brink of insanity..OK, IT MAKES ME NUTS!

Can You Say "KING CORN?"

I decided to copy & paste the article, (along with a few links to some really cool websites) for your review.

I wanted to make sure my peeps in dBlogville knew the deal.

Anywho, Here's the article:

"The Corn Refiners Association is launching a major advertising and public relations campaign designed to rehabilitate the reputation of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). HFCS has been linked by many scientists to the nation's obesity epidemic.

The group is running full-page ads in more than a dozen major newspapers, claiming that the product is no worse for you than sugar. The ad, which features a stalk of corn, carries the headline: 'And Now a Little Food for Thought.'

The Corn Refiners Association "has been trying to counter the bad publicity around HFCS since 2004," but concluded it "could no longer afford to rely on simple grass-roots marketing tactics such as talking with nutritionists and doctors."

So next time your reading a magazine or newspaper, be on the look out for a Stalk of Corn with the Tag line: " And now a little food for thought."

Here's a thought for the TCRA: How can HFCS be "no worse for us than sugar on Honey? " Sugar and honey are actually edible in their raw form, neither are genetically engineered, and both are all natural.

HFCS is none of those things. So....How can it actually be the same?

Also, why are major food manufacturers spending big bucks to advertise their products as HFCS free? Hmmmm, kinda makes you think.

PRWatch and Organic Consumers Association
both go into more detail and have some great info on the subject - take a look!


Scott S said...

Brings to mind "King Corn" and just what this policy decision has done to the nation's health and agricultural industry as well (the segment on corn-fed cattle was really troubling) and makes me wonder whether any of this has been considered especially since we have a worldwide rice shortage, why aren't we using agricultural policy to encourage more rice production as there's already a worldwide market for it?

You might also check out a NYTimes editorial from earlier this year (see "You Are What You Grow" for details).

k2 said...

Scott -
Diabetesaliciousness is a huge fan of "King Corn" !

The corn fed cattle part made me never want to eat red meat again. I even wrote a posting about how if we lived in an alternate universe and the cows fed the humans until they went into Ketoacidotic state, we diabetics would be considered "Prime Cut."

Your spot on with the rice shortage and agricultural policy.

Thanks for the link to " You Are What You Grow." Dare I say, it's food for thought?!


Diane J Standiford said...

This is such a huge issue that it should be addressed in the election. We are killing our future health with corn