Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Unnecessary Evils

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is not the new trans-fat - that job is held by the artificial sweeteners (sucralose, aspartame, and saccharine). HFCS is chemically similar to sugar, and just like sugar, it contributes to empty calories and weight gain.

HFCS is not high in fructose. It’s approximately 50% glucose and 50% fructose, as is sucrose (table sugar). As a result, a war has developed between the sugar industry and the corn refiners. It is a battle between two evils. On one side is the sugar industry, on the other side is the HFCS industry. Americans have become the casualties of this war. Junk food sweetened with sugar has started labeling their packages as “HFCS-free.” As a result, sugar is viewed as more “wholesome and natural.” On the other hand, the corn refiners have retaliated with their “it’s just sugar” commercials, and then add that it comes from corn (after a lengthy process of enzymatic reactions). In turn, this has people viewing HFCS as “natural.” Cocaine comes from the coca plant; it’s not something I would consume.

Both products are useless; the less we eat, the better. The makers of King Corn say it perfectly with this video:

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