My friend Genny always has her fingers on the pulse of the natural vs. artificial debate. Check out her blog here for a couple of commercials put out by the Corn Refiners Association promoting High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), along with a spoof on the commercials promoting the Nazi political party. Pretty funny, and at the same time, not at all funny.
The commercials at the end say “Get the Facts” at SweetSurprise.com. Please do. You can connect to that website and another one called HFCSfacts.com through the Corn Refiners Association web link provided above.
There is a lot of controversy surrounding HFCS. There is debate over whether it is a “natural” sweetener or not. It comes form corn, yet has to be incredibly processed to make it into HFCS.
There is controversy over the environmental impacts of the corn industry and over the government’s involvement in the industry both politically and economically (the farm bill, in particular).
The results of the most recent studies (as stated on any of the Corn websites) is that HFCS is safe to consume in moderation, just like table sugar. Yet, there is controversy over it being addictive, contributing to the surge of obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol in America since the 1980’s.
Here are a few articles (not studies, mind you) that I found interesting on the subject. They address the health issues, economic controversy and the environmental impacts of the High-Fructose Corn Syrup industry.