I’m watching TV and I see a commercial where a couple is in the park and the girl offers the guy a taste of her Popsicle. It’s a red Popsicle—a nutrient free snack of frozen artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup. He is hesitant. “It’s got high fructose corn syrup in it,” he says. She looks at him like he’s stupid. “So?” she says. He responds with, “So you know what they say about it.” “What?” she asks. He stutters, not knowing what to say. She then tells him “That’s it’s made from corn, has the same calories as sugar and honey, and is fine in moderation?” still looking at him like he’s an idiot. And then the commercial tells you to “Get the Facts at www.sweetsurprise.com.”
So it turns out that high fructose corn syrup is no worse for you then table sugar! That’s great news! High fructose corn syrup is relatively low on the glycemic index, and it’s made from corn, a vegetable! They don’t mention the fact that excess fructose processed in the liver gets turned into fats-triglycerides, or that fructose is linked to significant increases of both cholesterol and triglycerides, or that high fructose corn syrup is a highly refined processed sugar devoid of any nutrition. So they took out all of the nutrients and refined corn down to an acidic, toxic, fattening, cholesterol raising, triglyceride increasing sweetener. Who cares? It’s made from a vegetable! Ok, so maybe the vegetable is genetically modified too, but still, it’s gotta be good for you, right? I mean the website www.sweetsurprise.com says it’s good for you! Well, okay, they don’t say it’s good for you, but they sure do their best to make you believe it.
Well, I for one am relieved to know that I can go drink a soda and know that it’s no worse than ingesting table sugar, because the high fructose corn syrup association says so. They say it’s fine in moderation. And if you can’t trust an association, who can you trust? Does this sound familiar? Didn’t the tobacco association tell us smoking was fine in moderation?
Well, anyway, since that Popsicle is obviously good for me, I guess I can eat all the Halloween candy I want. This is great!
Is it just me, or did that girl holding the Popsicle look evil? Kinda like one of Satan’s minions?
Oh well, I’m not concerned. We can all trust the high fructose corn syrup association and the sugar association, the Food and Drug Administration, oh, and any other association that has our best interests at heart.
And since you now know that high fructose corn syrup is no worse for you than white table sugar, go read about how good white table sugar is
for you in our August issue.
In this issue check out High Fructose Corn Syrup – A Not So Sweet Surprise, and get the rest of the facts!