A boy and a girl (by which I mean “a man and a woman, both in early 20s, I think”) are lounging about in a park.
g (offering a frozen fruit popsicle): “Want a bite?”
b: “It’s got high fructose corn syrup in it.”
b: “Well, you know what they say about it. . . .”
b: “It . . . um.”
g: “It has the same calories as sugar and it’s fine in moderation.”
That’s the short version of a television commercial — I saw it on TV today. There was a longer version that I saw for the first time months ago, in which the girl mentioned some other things about HFCS, such as the fact that it’s made from corn (as if that makes it completely innocuous, just like cyanide made from mangoes or almonds).
The ad’s purpose is cynically clear: it’s meant to defuse the impression that HFCS is bad for you in the minds of people who have heard it’s bad, but don’t remember why. It doesn’t actually counter any arguments against consuming HFCS — it just tries to get people to equate ignorance of potential dangers with the absence of danger.
I don’t remember all the problems of HFCS off the top of my head. I’ve forgotten more of them than I remember. I’ll list three of them that I do remember right off the top of my head, though. See if you can remember this stuff the next time you see that incredibly stupid ad:
Studies suggest that high fructose corn syrup may make you fatter because it’s much more quickly metabolized than sucrose. There are half a dozen other reasons, give or take, that it may contribute to obesity, but I don’t remember them. I have some vague recollection that eating it also stops the eater from feeling full when he or she should. Just file all of this under “it makes you fat”.
Most of the corn in HFCS — if not all of it — comes from Monsanto-patented corn that is genetically engineered to produce its own neurotoxins (as insecticides). Aside from the fact that this may be contributing to colony collapse disorder, it also raises some disturbing questions about how healthy this crap is for humans.
It has been recently revealed that the process used to create HFCS from corn uses hydrochloric acid and caustic soda, both of which may be contaminated by mercury — resulting in nearly half of tested HFCS-containing food products containing mercury. In case you’re not aware, mercury is very, very bad for you. Eating mercury is a bit like eating lead, in that consuming it in small quantities over the course of years can lead to illness, turning into a brain-damaged moron, and death. Unlike lead, though, even touching the stuff is potentially dangerous.
That’s leaving aside the negative factors unrelated to health, like the fact that the only reason it’s used is its low price, and the only reason it’s so cheap is massive federal subsidies for farming of Monsanto-patented corn. Those are real subsidies, not tax breaks that idiot Leftists call “subsidies”. Subsidies, my friends, are bad.