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Trailer for the Movie, “King Corn”

Here is a trailer for the movie 'King Corn,' which I highly recommend.  It's an in-depth and entertaining documentary about the corn industry, high-fructose corn syrup and "King Corn" (presumably our beloved Earl Butz, but they never do say). My favorite quote: "It's enough to make you distrust everything on your plate." … [Read more...]

Corn Refiners Association Launches Web Site to Inform Us All About Sweeteners

From the "Web Sites as Propaganda Machines" file, I am flabbergasted to bring news that the Corn Refiners Association has launched a web site called "sweet smarts" so they can inform all of us ignorant folks out in the webosphere about how different sweeteners stack up against each other.  (i.e. try to convince us that 4 calories worth of high fructose corn syrup is no worse for you than 4 calories worth of honey or sugar.) They have a cute little quiz that I took.  I deliberately got all of the answers wrong so they could preach at me, and tell me how great hfcs is. They presented two very arguable (in my opinion) points as factual.  First, they referred to research which came to the conclusion that sweetening beverages with HFCS … [Read more...]

CSPI and Corn Refiners – An Odd Couple Unite Against Soft Drink Tax Proposal

CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest) believes that consuming too much of any kind of sugar is bad for you.  With that, I agree.  So they oppose a tax plan by the city of San Francisco that would tax soft drinks containing high fructose corn syrup, but wouln't add the tax to soft drinks containing natural sugar. The Corn Refiners Association is against this tax plan, too, for obvious reasons.  But my opinion that their view has more to do with their profits than with "public interest."  It probably also has to do with how they feel they would be perceived if an official governemnt body seemingly endorsed regular sugar as being healthier than high fructose corn syrup. In a way, it's understandable that each of these bodies … [Read more...]

King Corn

Here is a review and a run-down of the movie "King Corn" which devotes a segment to high-fructose corn syrup.  An entertaining documentary which raises a lot of good questions.  One of the biggest, to me, "Why no cameras in the high-fructose corn syrup manufacturing plant????" … [Read more...]

The Debate

The biggest debate about hfcs, as far as the general public is concerned, seems to have to do with whether a calorie is just a calorie. Is a calorie just a calorie? Or are different calories processed different ways by the body? ONE SIDE OF THE DEBATE: If you eat a candy bar with 200 calories, it doesn't matter if the calories came from sugar or high fructose corn syrup. It's "sugar" either way. THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT DEBATE: It does matter whether it's sugar or HFCS to your body and here's why: If it's sugar, your body will use some of the energy from the sugar in the candy bar, metabolize what it can, then send the rest to the liver (if there is anything left over) and the leftovers will turn to fat. If it's high fructose corn … [Read more...]