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Sugars That Aren’t So Sweet Part III High Fructose Corn Syrup and White Sugar December 21, 2008

Filed under: Food Additives,MUST READS,Sugar — Yvette @ 8:13 pm

I was pretty distraught when I watched this commercial for several reasons.

In this commercial they compare high fructose corn syrup to sugar, the reason why they can do this is because both are lacking in nutritional value.  These substances are refined sugars, that have been stripped of their nutrients.  High fructose corn syrup is made by extracting the natural sugars in corn and adding chemicals to it.  Table sugar starts off as a sugarcane plant, the juice is extracted, boiled, then the sugar is removed.   Companies use over 60 chemicals to transform the sugarcane plant into sugar.  So, neither of these are natural or healthful substances.

Wait don’t you need sugar to survive?  This is true, you need natural sugars like glucose found in vegetables and fructose found in fruit for energy.  These sugars are accompanied by fiber which helps the slow absorption of energy.  It is the fiber in foods that give us a full feeling, this wonderful nutrient says “hey stop eating we’re done!”  But when companies modify foods they strip the sugar from it’s natural context, and there is no fiber accompanying HFCS or sugar to let us know that we are full.  When people eat foods that contain these sugars it is very easy to overeat.

This isn’t the only problem caused by these sugars.  Another problem is that both these sugars release energy rapidly into the body.  The energy is used up quickly and the body is left feeling hungry.  A vicious cycle occurs and we need to eat more.  When you intake simple carbohydrates and don’t exercise regularly these carbs are stored as fat. 

When this commercial states, “fine in moderation,” my head wants to explode.  This is because it is very hard to get high fructose corn syrup or sugar in moderation in this country.  The average American consumes about 150 pounds of sugar per year. 

You may think, I don’t eat sweets very often, I’m below that norm.  But both these sugars can be found in bread, ketchup, pasta sauce, soups, orange juice, soy sauce, yogurt, etc.   So, even if you don’t consume candy or soda your intake of sugar can be very high, I didn’t notice this until I checked all my food labels.  Check your food labels, you’ll see!

The increase is sugar consumption is related to the recent epidemics of type 2 diabetes and obesity.  We are all aware that America as a nation is pretty fat, 2/3 of the adult population is overweight and 1/3 is obese.   Not only are we fat, but we are unhealthy too.  The average american spends more on medical care than on food.  I believe this is because we are an overfed undernourished nation.

Why do people let this happen?  Well because sugar is cheap.  Corn is one of the most subsidized foods in the country, making HFCS is cheap.  If that’s not enough to make you be weary of sugar, listen to this.

The USDA passed a guideline stating that daily calorie intake of sugar “should be limited and below 10%.”  The sugar industries threatened to sue, so now the statement has been changed to “use in moderation and about 25% of your daily calorie intake.”  One statement treats sugar as something to be used sparingly and the other has a very liberal approach.  I would expect that if someones income is depending on you buying sugar they’d want you to be liberal with your sugar intake.  They didn’t change the statement because they believe in the quality of their product, they changed the statement because their jobs depend on you eating massive quantities of sugar. 

Check your food labels.  Every time you buy something at the grocery store you are casting a vote, make it count.


6 Responses to “Sugars That Aren’t So Sweet Part III High Fructose Corn Syrup and White Sugar”

  1. Shane Says:

    Great post…It’s what you don’t know that can hurt you.

    I have been meaning to rant about this ad a little myself. Imagine all of the people sitting at home saying to themselves,”Okay…I knew it was safe. I just knew those environmentalists were all smoking too much granola! I’m gonna believe my TV…it’s my alter, my connection to life…all that it preaches is my religion.” The only problem…it is a religion/media run by advertisers not concerned and honest citizens. Can we all say, “Bias”?

  2. Yvette Says:

    There is a website on how to educate yourself on HFCS. They give explanations of why HFCS is in ALL our foods, and why it’s so great. They also explain how HFCS isn’t any worse than sugar. Which kills me, because both are really bad and damaging to the human body. It’s sadly misleading. It’s also sad that the REAL reason HFCS is in all our foods is because it’s cheaper than sugar and addicting.
    More HFCS propaganda, more information allowing our nation to be unhealthy.
    I’m gonna put a link for your blog on mine, let me know if that’s ok!

  3. I appreciate the insight and outlook on how sugar companies put financial and politically pressure on the USDA. I like sugar though … Sugar Sugar do do do do doo dooo aww Honey Honey… Dylan said (in regards to subsidiaries and corn) “People starving and thirsting, grain elevators are bursting Oh, you know it costs more to store the food than it do to give it….”

    Pe@ce, love & good grammar …

  4. Suzanne Says:

    did you know that McDonalds even puts HFCS in their apple’s?? so sick…

  5. Michelle Says:

    that ad really bothered me too. with all the false information everywhere it is hard to know what to believe. i think that so many mental health problems could be somewhat alleviated by people becoming aware of their physical health. so much instability is rooted in not looking at the basics. with all the sugar and being out of touch with your body’s basic functioning, it really doesn’t help when you’ve got emotional problems or feel out of balance.

  6. Michelle Says:

    These advertisements are so sneaky. it is true that a lot of people know that HFCS is bad but they’ve forgotten why. I’m one of them. Most of the people I know are like that too. it’s not fair. its like they want to keep us sick so they can earn money medicating us. they do make a lot of money keeping us sick, in so many ways with our false nourishment, with our media fostering such superficial and lacking notions of reality. so much is left out. the wrong lifestyles are being encouraged. certain things are taboo or just accepted. people don’t know how to question things. they keep us dumb on purpose. there is a greater disparity between nietzche and the modern man, than the modern man and the ape. we have to make our own worlds. its tough. we are conditioned and its hard.

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