Several months back we received a copy of King Corn in the mail via our Netflix membership.  This was a fun and interesting documentary and we would recommend it.  I checked out the website today and found that they have done some spoofs on the corn refiners association commercials that promote High Fructose Corn Syrup as a “natural” product good for your kids and your lover.  Here is the original Corn Refiner’s versions.

And her is the spoof. 

The original versions definitely present corn syrup as benign at best and imply if you are questioning if you should use it you are just silly.

To me the fact that the process of converting corn to corn syrup is what makes it inherently unhealthy.  The process includes the use of sulfur dioxide, hydrochloric acid.  According to Wikipedia, “Sulfur dioxide is an allergen to which some consumers are sensitive. SO2 is associated with increased respiratory symptoms and disease, difficulty in breathing, and premature death…Concentrated hydrochloric acid (fuming hydrochloric acid) forms acidic mists. Both the mist and the solution have a corrosive effect on human tissue, with the potential to damage respiratory organs, eyes, skin, and intestines. Upon mixing hydrochloric acid with common oxidizing chemicals, such as sodium hypochlorite (bleach, NaClO) or permanganate (KMnO4), the toxic gas chlorine is produced.

With the process of making the HFCS in mind, how could anyone consider it a healthy alternative.  Though we have not eliminated all sources of HFCS in our diet. (Its in sooooo many processed foods) We have eliminated soda pop and sweetened drinks to start.  In addition we make as much of our own foods as we can.  Though there is a time element involved this does mean that we know what we are eating.

I challenge everyone to check to see if there is HFCS in any of the foods you eat this week and keep track of the percentage of foods that do vs. do not have them.  Then try to lower your percentage next week.

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