Sunday, September 7, 2008

High Fructose Corn Syrup

Have you see this: HFCS ad 1 and this: HFCS ad 2? (Sorry, I don't know how to embed videos in a post.)

Apparently, the Corn Refiners Association is so afraid that word has gotten out about the negative health impact of HFCS that they've deemed it necessary to run not just one, but two propaganda commercials. Instead of creating a healthier corn-based sweetener, they figured they'd just try to convince us that HFCS are "fine in moderation." These ads are running on networks with very expensive ad time (think Bravo and TLC), meaning that they're pulling out all the stops. Not to mention the fact that they brought out 2 ads on the heels of each other instead of allowing one to make an impact before rolling out the other. I smell fear. I find these Stepford-wife-like ads amusing, but they're certainly not going to change my mind on the HFCS front.

There's great information about HFCS in Alex Jamieson's The Great American Detox Diet, so read it if you haven't already!

7 comments:

Foodeater said...

I know, what a joke right? I've been seeing the second ad running on TV constantly. Utterly stupid... and worse than that, dangerous. It's truly scary the lengths to which these greedy corporations will go to in order shove their poisons down people's throats (and their children's throats), while at the same time taking money out of their ill informed, diseased hands. If I could slap that smarmy bitch through my TV screen I would.

Hannah said...

Seriously, every time I see that ad I just want to punch people in the face. Who could be so dumb? I sure as hell hope no one is buying it...

Vegan_Noodle said...

I saw one of these ads the other night and just laughed. They are definitely afraid. And they should be!

Eric said...

OOh I'll definitely check these ads out later!

Sadly, HFCS is "owned" by only a few companies (I think 3), and they are making a killing on this stuff. The really guilty aspect is that, despite increasing their profits significantly, there is no HFCS in baby food. They definitely know its bad for human consumption!

I just hope that they are shut down entirely, and don't do a bait and switch game the way nutrisweet did with splenda.

I've been noticing "crystalized corn syrup" in items lately. I've been trying to find out the deal on that is, if its similar to HFCS or different.

Eek long comment.....sorry....you touched a nerve :)

shellyfish said...

How awful! I was shocked at how HFCS is in everything when I was in the US this summer. It's much more regulated here in France - thankfully! I do make most everything from scratch, but for the families who can't/don't, it's just horrible!

Mihl said...

I've seen that on the Vegan Freaks Forum. I am glad that we don't have that stuff at all here in Germany. But that ad...do they think people are completely stupid?

Catalina said...

The scary thing is there will be scores of people who believe it.