High-fructose corn syrup

Here's a creepy-ish low budget parody of those dumb commercials being put out by the Corn Refiners Association:



A few things to say about this, though. One minor beef I have here is with the notion that HFCS isn't "natural". It's important to remember that there is no FDA consensus on what defines a food as "natural". It's a completely arbitrary definition that's used strictly for marketing purposes. And just because something is made with supposedly "unnatural" ingredients doesn't mean it's carcinogenic or otherwise dangerous to eat.

This isn't to say I think it's good to eat HFCS – although the truth is that, like any food, a little bit here and there won't hurt you. If you drink pop and/or eat candy on a frequent basis, you're asking for trouble – just like if eating fries every day is asking for trouble, though the occasional helping of fries will not hurt you. No single food will cripple you if you are eating a generally healthy diet: whole grains, legumes, lean meats, nuts, and a variety of fruits and vegetables.

The best reason to avoid HFCS is simply that it's calorie dense, spikes insulin, and foods it's used in tend to be devoid of nutrients.

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