Thursday, March 10, 2011

My "attack" on the High Fructose Corn Syrup Is Safe In Moderation Ads and others

I'm sure many of us who watch a little TV have seen one of the defense ads for High Fructose Corn Syrup. "It's safe in moderation", "It's the same as sugar". The statement that it's safe in moderation is absolutely true, however what they do not tell you is that High Fructose Corn Syrup is unnecessarily in so many foods! Most of the time unsuspecting consumers have no idea that they are purchasing product after product with High Fructose Corn Syrup in it.

As a parent of a child with severe food allergies I read every label of everything we buy and even labels of things we don't buy, out of curiosity. It is mind blowing some of the products you'll find High Fructose Corn Syrup in. Bread, so many brands and types of bread have it as an ingredient! WHY??? It is completely unnecessary. You have to actually look for bread without it. Canned stewed tomatoes (we do almost NO canned food, but that's a topic for another day!), several brands have High Fructose Corn Syrup in them... WHY? Seriously, it doesn't freaking belong in stewed tomatoes! I think you get where I'm going....

Many families who are not hardcore label readers can be very much unaware of how much High Fructose Corn syrup is actually in their daily diet. When it's an unnecessary ingredient in so many everyday things you wouldn't expect it in, how are average families only consuming it in moderation!? They aren't. THIS is my problem with the defense of High Fructose Corn Syrup. It's just flat out in too many products that it does not need to be in.

Lets not forget the alternative names they are using for it on labels now, such as "Corn Sugar".



Now, my other rant while I'm at it. Cereal commercials marketed toward our children talking about how healthy their cereal is, pointing out the great things and neglecting to mention the not so good (of course they do, they are trying to market their products! lol). Yes, your cereal has vitamins! BUT, it also has large amounts of sugar, artificial ingredients and artificial food coloring. Some also have High Fructose Corn Syrup. Hmm, so how about those vitamins? There are many options that don't have high volumes of sugar, has natural ingredients and NO artificial food coloring. Those are the options we go for. This is a big gripe of mine. Marketing your product as healthy, highlighting the one healthy aspect (Vitamins, Whole Grain etc.) while it's loaded with a bunch of other things that are lousy. It sort of feels like false advertisement in a way to me.

4 comments:

EmberRose said...

This is random but when I did side by side comparisons in the store they just replaced the HFCS with sugar.

amber said...

That's true most of the time, so I tend to buy low sugar cereals. I also avoid artificial dyes and anything with "partially hydrogenated oil". YUCK.

Sarah said...

A lot of products do, a lot of times they are also using other names for it like "corn sugar".

Sarah said...

Same here, Amber. Over the past few years I've become very conscious of what I feed my kids.