Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Moderation My Ass

The Corn Refiners Association is sponsoring commercials about high fructose corn syrup. The two commercials that I've seen show a conversation between two teenagers or two young college students. They go something like this:

Dumbass #1: Want a popsicle?
Dumbass #2: No way. Those contain high fructose corn syrup.
#1: What's so bad about that?
#2: Umm....Well you know what they say.
#1: What? That high fructose corn syrup has the same calorie content as sugar or that it's fine in moderation?
#2: *laughs* Did you only bring one popsicle?

Let's assume for fun, that high fructose corn syrup isn't the devil. Let's also assume that it is, in fact, fine in moderation. Moderation.

If you are not into reading labels, you probably haven't noticed that high fructose corn syrup is in just about everything. Rice Krispies cereal (and others, but that one surprised me), fake syrup, soda, juice, bread (even some of the "healthy" ones), jellies, fruit snacks, ice cream, pizza sauce, popsicles, and many, many other foods. Where is the "moderation" in that?


The Langes said...

You know its funny that you posted this because I was thinking the exact same thing last night when I saw one of those commercials!

Anonymous said...

You make me laugh. But so seriously true...