you’ve GOT to be kidding me!!!!

taking a momentary break from the vacation stories to share with you my utter shock and dismay.  i saw this on tv today…

are they SERIOUSLY portraying HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP as safe????? Their argument is that no one single ingredient can cause obesity.  They say that focus is misplaced, that in an attempt to keep kids healthy, parents focus on individual ingredients instead of realizing that high caloric intake and a sedentary life style are the real problem.  That’s true.  But I would be all the money I had that if you had a set of twins and you gave one child all the raw fruit they wanted and you gave the other one all the processed foods that contain High Fructose Corn Syrup that they wanted … the one eating HFCS would be far less healthy.  As a parent, it is your responsibility to make sure your child is eating healthy food that will only help and not harm them.  The FDA may say that HFCS is “generally recognized as safe”, but I don’t really put a whole lot of trust in the FDA; they just don’t have such a great track record.  (Aren’t they the same people that said Vioxx was safe?)

This article says it best:

The key here, I think, is in the ad’s own words “fine in moderation.” That may be a truth, yes, but HFCS is in an alarming number of processed food products marketed to children, including yogurts, cereals, crackers, chips, fruit snacks, and breakfast bars. Moderation, when it comes to HFCS, is hard to achieve unless you’re actively aware of avoiding it. The CRA’s other argument is that, because HFCS is made from corn, it’s “all-natural.” But what they have to do to the corn to refine it into syrup is not, making that a questionable claim at best.

The most worrisome thing to me, however, is that we’re seeing this kind of political ad… for FOOD. That should set off alarm bells right there. Yes, I’ll let my kids drink a glass of punch full of the stuff at their next birthday party. But if the CRA really believes their own “in moderation” line, then they should be reducing HFCS in children’s food products. Not staging a mommy war next to the cupcakes.

Long story short … raw, natural, organic foods are the best. And yes, I know, I have some work to do on myself and my eating habits. But knowledge is the beginning…

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3 thoughts on “you’ve GOT to be kidding me!!!!

  1. I don’t know that much about the whole HFCS thing, but I do know that real fruit juice with natural sugar is better than something containing HFCS. I also know that it is much better to eat fruit rather than drink fruit. In the case of someone who may be trying to lose/manage weight it is especially important to NOT drink fruit because it is high in calories and even though it is real sugar, it is still sugar. You should eat fruit because it fills you up, while drinking it does not, but contains the same calories.

    Also, the CRA running this ad is not much different than the “Pork its what’s for dinner” ads, or the “Beef Checkoff” ads, or the “Got Milk?” campaign. The only real difference is that HFCS has a negative connotation in our society right now, where the other things do not.

  2. Oh mah gawd. I was appalled at this commercial too! One more “go ahead” for the already ignorant people that give their kids nothing but crap to eat & drink.

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