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Okay, I almost promise this will be my last HFCS post.

For some reason, this subject won’t leave me alone. I was minding my own business reading some online news sources about what’s happening with the auto industry bailout. Nothing about nutrition, nothing about HFCS, nothing about sugar. I just wanted to know what was going on in Washington. Seriously, would you expect to run into HFCS on forbes.com?

Forbes — like in money, business, and investing — not corn syrup and sugar.

Well, surprise, surprise. I’m reading about the economy and here’s this side column with a teaser, The Skinny On Sugars And Sweeteners. I couldn’t resist. With one click I was knee-deep in artificial sweeteners and soda pop again. I don’t even drink the stuff and I can’t get away from it.

So, what do the people at Forbes have to say about sugar? Keep in mind that this isn’t exactly a website for food critics and nutritionists. These are business people (capitalists no less), not holistic health advocates.

According to this article (on forbes.com), “Americans now eat less table sugar than they did in 1970, but the advent of corn syrup as an additive in everything from ice cream to ketchup means we consume more sugars than ever before. In 2007, Americans consumed 44 pounds of refined cane and beet sugar and 40 pounds of HFCS per capita.”

What? Are you kidding me? Eighty-four pounds of sugar per year? Per person? No way. I didn’t realize it was that much. I used different data when I posted my second (or was it third) HFCS/sugar post. (If you didn’t see that one, click here.) Or here for a diatribe on soda pop with more stunning consumption figures. Regardless of the exact numbers or how the data is communicated, Americans eat way too much sugar and it’s contributing to the increase in obesity and chronic disease. (For my complete glossary of everything sugar, click here.)

I also did a post back in September on the HFCS commercials by the Corn Refiner’s Association. If you want to see their deceivingly sweet commercials and read my take on them, click here. You need to understand what their diabolical plans are to understand this response from the King Corn guys.

Now, on to the fun stuff. If you haven’t seen King Corn, you must do that. In the meantime, enjoy this spoof of the HFCS commercials from Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, the creators of King Corn.

No more HFCS stuff. I must get on with my life.

Go forth and eat healthy food. Real food. I’ll take a hiatus from my ranting and start posting recipes for the holidays. How’s that?
Melissa
P.S. I’m not knocking good, organic corn. I love a nice grilled corn on the cob, but I’m not crazy about the fact that cheap, crappy, unhealthy corn is in everything we eat. If you eat fast food, you’re eating corn, corn, and more corn. Ugh!

14 Responses to “corny spoof on HFCS”

  1. Liz says:

    Haaaa! That video is great. I do love those King Corn guys :)

  2. Melissa says:

    Yes, it’s a good one. I really get a kick out of those guys as well. They are making a statement, but in a rather respectful and humorous way. I love that!

    There’s a whole bunch of good spoofs on the HFCS commercials on YouTube. People making fun of the “sweet surprise” campaign. Snicker, snicker.

  3. CeliacChick says:

    Hey!

    I found those hfcs spoofs too and meant to post them and link to your article on sugar, etc. On the same wavelength, eh? :)

  4. Melissa says:

    Hey Kelly — yes, we seem to be on the same wavelength a lot of the time. Go for it.

    NP — I love good corn, too. And homemade GF cornbread. And fresh corn on the cob. Yum! But not HFCS. Bleck…

  5. Lo! says:

    Hilarious! I can’t believe I didn’t rush over here sooner. You’ve always got something going on that never fails to amuse!

  6. Melissa says:

    Lo!

    Thanks! I appreciate your comments.

    Some of this stuff is discouraging, so I guess we might as well amuse ourselves along the way.
    :-)

  7. Shirley says:

    Corn, one of the big three … no, not that big three … the big three that make up the majority of the Standard American Diet, all in the processed foods, of course. Real corn is another matter … a wonderful seasonal delight! :-)

  8. Diana says:

    Melissa, Have you tried the new stevia sweeteners: TruVia or PurVia? What’s your take on those?! I haven’t tried either yet but supposedly they got the icky taste out of the stevia and just kept the sweet part (i.e. rebaudiosides or rebiana A)… of course Cargill and Coke had a hand so who knows? – I’m sure the legal part/industrial patent was a big part of finally getting stevia legalized as an official “sweetener” last week (rather than the measit dietary supplement status we had to settle for for 10 years, lol)…
    xo Diana

  9. Mercola says:

    Very funny. i really enjoy this video. thanks for sharing.

  10. Melissa says:

    Shirley — yes, REAL corn is a sweet treat!

    Diana — no, I haven’t tried them yet. I’ll let you know what I think when/if I do. Let’s compare notes on that stuff. My mom is diabetic so I try to stay up on what’s going on in the sweetener world.

    :-)

    Mercola — yes, the King Corn guys have a good sense of humor and fun. Sometimes all you can do is laugh.

    Take care everyone!

  11. Thanks for all your diligence posting about HFCS! We’ve systematically eliminated it from our kitchen, and we’re happier (and healthier) for it. You’re absolutely right – sometimes all you can do is laugh. That’s why the Daily Show and the Colbert Report are so good…especially through the final days of the Bush administration. =)

  12. Melissa says:

    Pete — plus, the fact that you have celiac makes dealing with sugar even more difficult. Long story on that, but yes, we are much better off staying away from that stuff for a variety of reasons. Hope all is well with you!

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