High Fructose Corn Syrup Commercials

The commercial being parodied is here.

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  • http://thecanberracook.blogspot.com Alethea H. Claw

    I think that the clip is not available in my area.

  • sithrazer

    I think it’s not so much the flavor but the texture that is the big difference between HFCS and sugar (IMO). I especially notice it in Pepsi. Yes, I realize that has nothing to do with the actual topic…the health hazards, or lack thereof, for HFCs.

  • sailor1031

    The message of the parody is much more factual than that of the original. And “fine in moderation” is only meaningful if one can control how much HFCS (or sugar for that matter) is actually used in a product and if the amount that is “fine” is specified…

  • jay

    I find that the anti-HFCS are pretty much as unscientific as the anti-vaxers or the anti-GMO crowd.

    Of course consuming a lot of sugar is a bad idea, but there is no difference between ‘good ole natural sugar’ and corn syrup.

    • actuallyserious650

      Weight gain = Calories in – Calories out.
      There’s no magic to HFC.

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Camels With Hammers

      I think the problem is that “high fructose corn syrup” does not (or did not) equate to an uneducated public’s mind to “sugar”. Attacks on HFCS are a way of raising awareness that it belongs in the generally bad and fattening category along with sugar—not that it was somehow especially poisonous. I remember first becoming cognizant that my choice of various iced tea drinks as an attempted healthier alternative to soda were a waste of time since they were loaded with HFCS and, therefore, primarily sugar, and therefore, as bad as soda.

  • http://www.revolutionsf.com/bb/weblog.php?w=20 Paleoethnobotanist

    I think drinks with HFCS in them have a weird, sickeningly sweet taste to them, but I also generally avoid sugary drinks, so when I do buy one at the gas station or at a restaurant, there is way more sweetener of whatever kind in there than I would ever put in there on my own.

    My problem with HFCS isn’t so much that it is refined out of corn (regular old sugar is also refined), but rather that it is in just about every processed food out there. It is a cheap ingredient that easily makes processed canned, boxed, frozen, etc. foods more palatable by sweetening them, and it is hard to avoid. I guess it signals “extra sugar, cheap ingredients” to me when I buy processed foods.

  • Trebuchet

    The problem I have with HFCS is that the reason it appears in nearly every processed food is that, compared with cane sugar, it’s very cheap. It’s cheap because corn production, unlike cane production, is massively subsidized by the federal government. That, in turn, is because many more states grow corn than cane, and because ADM has all of their congresscritters in its pocket.

  • lordshipmayhem

    The problem that I have is that the video is unavailable in my area. I have only the vaguest idea as to what everyone is talking about, and I must criticise NBC for bowing to the pressure of censorship in not allowing me to view and thereby come to my own conclusions about the issues the video is talking about.

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com WMDKitty

    I prefer natural sugar, myself, thx, but I’m not going to flip out if something has HFCS in it. HFCS tastes different, at least to me. But that’s my only complaint about it.

    The video? She’s saying what everyone has wanted to say at one time or another to that person — and everyone knows one — who is always butting in and trying to “help”.

  • plutosdad

    This experiment at Princeton is what finally convinced me of the danger of HFCS. Rats who ate more fructose through a sucrose solution, still experienced less bad effects than rats fed HFCS, even though the HFCS rats were getting less fructose.

    True fructose is in sucrose, and in fruits, but it’s not the same exact structure. So it’s not just that it’s in everything, it’s also in a different form, and that form it’s in makes it worse, at least according to that experiment.

    • plutosdad

      Of course I think the other message is true to, to listen to science, not yahoos down the street or bloggers. I lost tons of weight eating more or less Paleo, but I cannot stand Paleo webistes, since they are full of mysticism and magic ideas about how cavemen ate and cavemen genes, many ideas we’ve found were false. But that doesn’t mean in some cases they are not arriving in the same place as science does, but they’re not using science.

      I found a new site run by “paleo MDs”, I thought “hey great, a science based site on paleo nutrition, maybe this is what I’ve been looking for” Then I read the first article and it was quoting Joe Mercola as if he were an expert! Needless to say I un-liked it and ran, having no intention of ever going back. I don’t think people who look up to Mercola can be trusted, whether they have an MD or not. Even people with science degrees can drift away.