High Fructose Corn Syrup

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Totally unrelated to ecommerce or my business… so ignore if you want.

It’s 7:10 pm and I’m sitting here working, with the tv on, and that commercial promoting High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) has come on for the 87th time today.   You know – the one where someone says “You know what they say about it” and the other person is at a loss for what’s bad about high fructose corn syrup.

Well, let me tell you why it’s bad.

High fructose corn syrup was invented about 40 years ago.  It is made from corn and is a “natural” product but your body does NOT recognize it as a sugar.  Therefore, your body will not say to you “Oh, I’ve had too much of that drink/candy/food stuff/etc.” like it will with real sugar.   Therefore, you’ll keep eating and eating and eating those chips or juice drink or whatever because you’ll never feel full.

There is a correlation between the invention and use of HFCS and the increase in obesity in America.  From the Seattle Times:
“Bray {an MD } says the problem with HFCS is not only that it is sweeter than other forms of sugar, but also that it does not affect appetite. Fructose adds to overeating because it does not trigger chemical messengers that tell the brain the stomach is full and no longer hungry, like food and drinks that contain regular refined sugar do.”

So now you know why it’s bad in case you didn’t already.   It’s cheaper to make and use than sugar is and that’s why all the soft drinks and snacks contain it.

I really try to be non-political in my business, but I figure food choices aren’t very political so I wanted to share my thoughts with you.  It just ticks me off every time I hear that commercial.   One of the problems with our farm economy is its reliance on corn as the primary crop and if we could quit using HFCS, that would go a long way toward restoring a little biodiversity.