Monday, September 27, 2010

Fool Me Once

A very important conversation has begun, between our nation's corn refiners and the government, to call High Fructose Corn Syrup just corn sugar. In my opinion, it is a bait-and-switch attempt to revamp the public opinion of a nasty, cheap, and poisonous little food additive.

This ingredient is incredibly prevalent in processed foods of almost any sort, eventhough research has shown that it does more harm to us than good, because it's a cheap way to ramp up food flavors vs. using real sugar. Try to visualize, back to when you were a kid and had a sore throat. Your mom, at least mine did anyway, whipped up a concoction, mainly of Karo syrup to ease the aching. Remember that thick stuff that so closely resembled what mechanics dumped in the engine of your car, during a maintenance check? THAT is what HFCS is! Now, imagine sprinkling a little of that goop all over almost everything you eat...EWWWWW!

Well, us consumers, for once, have started to get the message that lubing up our insides with this garbage probably isn't the best idea, and our efforts to avoid this ingredient have forced companies to use other options to get back in our good graces, resulting in a decline in sales for HFCS. Yay, us! Of course, it is no surprise that HFCS manufacturers have gone back to the drawing board to figure out how to get back into our pocketbooks, and what they have come up with is renaming their product to the more innocent-sounding corn sugar, so that maybe they can slip it past us and get back to being profitable, at the expense of our health.

Keep your fingers crossed that our government will not allow this ridiculous ploy to go through. But, just in case they don't come through for us, keep reading those labels closely for the change and don't be fooled!

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