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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

one small victory against high fructose corn syrup

An agreement reported in the New York Times today means that soda pop will be removed entirely from most public elementary schools.

Count that as one small victory in the battle against a national and global epidemic of obesity.

While I support the companies taking this action and thank President Clinton and Governor Huckabee for working this deal...let's get real: processed sugar drinks sweetened with high fructose corn syrup have no place in the human diet. Period. End of sentence.

10 Comments:

  • Do you realize how many things are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup? I'd be a deeply unhappy man without those things. Skinnier, but deeply, deeply unhappy.

    By Blogger Matt, at 4:11 PM  

  • If you're going to use that rationale, why stop there? Why not outlaw...say, cigarettes? Alcohol?

    I see the wisdom in not having them in schools, but let me make my own choice on how I'm gonna prematurely kill myself.

    Personally, I wish on a daily basis that cigarettes would vanish from the planet but I respect that my buddies who smoke have the option to choose.

    By Blogger Kath, at 9:50 PM  

  • agreed, kid. that stuff should rightly be regulated as a toxin, it does so much damage to pancreases. replace it with honey and sugar if people need sweetness, but corn syrup is really unsafe, especially over time.

    By Anonymous wu ming, at 12:19 AM  

  • Kath, unfortunately your friends who smoke don't have the option to choose. Smoking is an ADDICTION on a par with heroin. The majority of smokers have tried to quit at some point, many have tried multiple times, but can't. There is no 'choice' here at all.

    By Blogger girlinthelockerroom, at 6:56 AM  

  • girlinthelockeroom - sorry, you're wrong...at least in this instance.

    all my buddies that smoke have all successfully quit. they chose to start back up after being smoke-free for 2, 3 and 7 years respectively.

    choice...it's the new black!

    By Blogger Kath, at 7:32 PM  

  • My take on high fructose corn syrup is that we didn't choose for it to be substituted into....well pretty much everything, and we wouldn't, especially for kids.

    There's a popular "quality" bread out here in CA whose trucks have this amazing picture of bread and all its ingredients on the side...including a glowing jar of honey. But when you go to the supermarket and pick up a loaf: it's sweetened with high fructose corn syrup.

    So, for me, to find this ingredient brought into our schools...where it has no place...and put into sugar based soft drinks (which just aren't good for anyone)...all while we've got an epidemic of childhood obesity going on is just plain wrong.

    Now, I don't debate anyone's right to eat refined sugar or to eat bread (I don't eat much of either anymore...but that's another topic.)

    But I do think that this government subsidized experiment on the nation's collective pancreatic function....ie. high fructose corn syrup...is nothing short of a crime and a disaster.

    By Blogger kid oakland, at 9:07 PM  

  • I'm a diabetic and I noticed a couple of years ago that when I ate something (salad dressing is where I first noticed it) sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, my blood sugar skyrocketed and stayed high for hours (even though I take medication with my meals.)

    Now I think of it as rocket fuelled sugar for diabetics and don't allow it in the house. Which is very difficult.

    I wish someone would do a study, I have an insane belief that the diabetes epidemic is fueled by the stuff. And since reading an article (Diabetes/Alzheimer’s connection? And what does it mean to us?) about the links between Diabetes and Alzheimer's, I'm wondering if it doesn't fuel Alzheimer's as well.

    I would really love to participate in a National Boycott of High Fructose Corn Syrup. I agree with the character on Boston Legal who a couple of days ago said it was poison (They said that it shuts off a hormone that tells your brain when your full)

    By Blogger katiebird, at 8:00 AM  

  • Check out www.cornsyrupboycott.org, a new website that urges consumer boycott of HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) to fight obesity, to develop fuel-grade ethanol, to reduce oil dependence in the United States, and to organize consumers against U.S. military involvement in Iraq. Feel free to comment on the website on my blog, http://cornsyrupboycott.blogspot.com
    . I would love it if you would make suggestions for improvement and expansion of this idea!

    By Blogger susie-q, at 10:08 AM  

  • I can't believe there are people commenting negatively on this. The food companies are poisoning us with this HFCS and you are in denial if you think it isn't affecting you. Next time you complain about high health care costs, think about what was being said in this post. Also, consider that you have had NO CHOICE at all about this unnecessary additive in your foods.

    By Anonymous webduck, at 4:54 PM  

  • Yesterday 11/24/07 I bought a cough syrup from a national drug store chain the next city for $6.43 (including .43 tax). Today 11/25/07 with receipt in hand I am returning this product and asking for a full refund. I am going to look for another product that DOES NOT CONTAIN HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP which is bad for my heart health per current issue of AARP and google it to find others such as the Mayo Clinic who confirm its long term effects are bad for you!!!JN in CA.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:43 AM  

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