Mommy Wars: are you serious?

It all started a year ago when I was enjoying my breakfast.? Behind me on the TV there was a commercial playing.? I guy on the screen walking around a grocery buck naked talking about the benefits of sugar.? Really?? We are to the point where we are freely advertising something that is making us fat?? Sugar.? Cavity causing, heart disease increasing, obesity making, diabetes inducing sugar.

A few weeks prior to seeing that we (the trusty husband and I) talked about challenging ourselves to removing all sugar from our diets for 1 month.? It didn’t work because I can’t get the trusty husband to eat Adams Peanut butter or any other peanut butter without sugar.? We let it go.

Last month my newest issue of Wondertime Magazine arrived in my box.? I love Wondertime day.? Their content has started to slide a little in the past few months, but I always get something interesting from each issue.? In this particular case I happened to get this post out of it.? For hidden in the pages was this:

Click on it to make it bigger and you’ll see why I’m all in a twitter.

I’ve been researching stuff for this post for a few days now and had planned on writing it yesterday.? I just ran out of time.? Then, ironically enough, Jen posted something about the same subject today.? If you’ll notice… that ad above, the one I pulled out of my Wondertime Magazine, is for corn syrup.? Not just any ol’ corn syrup I might add.? HIGH FRUCTOSE Corn Syrup.

It claims that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is nutritionally the same as sugar and honey.? While that may be true in a round about manner it is so far from the same thing it isn’t even funny.? Yes, sugar, honey and HFCS all have 4 calories per gram.? But that is where the similarities lie.

The website cited in the ad* claim that all 3 (we aren’t counting “artificial” sweeteners) are natural.? I beg to differ.? If you cut down a stalk of sugar cane and chew on it it is sweet.? If you had the balls to stick your hand into a bee hive and pull out a chunk of raw honey… also sweet.? If you pulled an ear of corn off of a stalk that is bound to become HFCS or some other corn by-product, you would spit it out.? I know.? I’ve eaten it.

True, corn is a natural product.? But the stuff they make into corn by-products is so far removed from it’s natural state by the time it gets into that food like substance you can’t call it natural.? It takes many steps to convert corn into HFCS.? It is broken down, treated with enzymes and other chemicals.? Not to mention that the corn itself is genetically modified and two of the enzymes used to create HFCS are also genetically modified.? So tell me how that is natural.

If you want to learn more just read this interesting article about how HFCS is made.

The sweetener of choice in our house is honey.? I’ll put that out there.? Why?? Because it is the least processed of the 3.? This isn’t to say that I don’t have a bottle of pure unadulterated HFCS sitting in my cupboard (what do you think those Sweet Hope Truffles are made from).? I also have a tub of refined white sugar, a package of sugar in the raw and a box of Sweet n’ Lo.? But given the opportunity to sweeten my tea or bread I will pick honey.? Not that I drink sweetened tea.? I also don’t salt most food, but that’s a different topic all together.

I’m just asking you to think about where your food comes from and how it got into the form it is currently in.

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*I won’t link the website advertised.

10 Comment

  1. I think I saw one of the commercials the other week (or perhaps it was just the print ad). I thought I was mid-nightmare. Made me want to vomit.

  2. Lena says: Reply

    Saw one of those ads too and turned over to husband: “HFCS strikes back!” and I quickly turned the page to get my mind off that disturbing image. I’m letting that subscription expire without renewal.

  3. We’ve chuckled at the corn syrup ads too.

    And I’m over Wondertime. I let it lapse. It was interesting but started making me feel the way Martha Stewart’s magazine does – somewhat inadequate.

  4. Isn’t it crazy? The characters in the TV commercials are like drug pushers. We’ve been posting a lot about this on my paying blog, too. Crazy!

  5. We have several commercials. We avoid it but since it is in everything…I do try to get Whole food soda (made with sugar) and stuff sweetened with juice etc. But the HFCS is unavoidable.

    (and it totally makes you fat!)

  6. mom says: Reply

    Bad bad stuff. I must admit though I do drink a diet pop now and then. (Damn calories) Artificial anything is bad news. Quite honestly I think it’s contributing a heck of lot more then we are being told. ADHD, autism, MS, and whole slew of other diseases that have increased over the years. The old saying “we are what we eat” is right on the mark!

  7. Jenny says: Reply

    Here’s my take on it: If I’m buying me some good junk food, I’m not overly concerned about sugar vs. HFCS. Those oreos won’t get any healthier. But if you do want to sweeten something (calories aside) and you are concerned about glycemic loads or how processed food is, then I try to look at honey or reg. sugar. I just giggle when products like soda claim “made with real sugar.” Like it’s now so much better for you 🙂

  8. Mary says: Reply

    I don’t think anyone is saying there is a “benifit” to consuming HSCF. Nothing is good for us when it is not consumed in moderation. Here is a little something I found on a website…

    “Single Ingredients Don’t Make Kids Overweight or Obese
    “No single food or ingredient is the cause of obesity or overweight children,” said Dr. Rippe. “Eating too many calories and getting too little exercise causes it.”

    Excessive calories?from whatever source?can promote weight gain in children and adults alike. Sweet foods are meant to be enjoyed in moderation, Rippe added. The caloric density of high fructose corn syrup is relatively low?only 4 calories per gram, compared to 9 calories per gram for fats.

    Research confirms that there is no difference between how our bodies metabolize high fructose corn syrup versus products such as table sugar or honey. Further, high fructose corn syrup contains no artifi cial or synthetic ingredients. The American Medical Association concluded in June 2008 that “high fructose corn syrup does not appear to contribute to obesity more than other caloric sweeteners.”

    Consumption of high fructose corn syrup has been dropping in recent years, yet the rates of obesity and diabetes in the U.S. continue to rise, Rippe added. “And in many other parts of the world, obesity and diabetes are on the rise despite having little or no high fructose corn syrup.”

  9. We’ve almost completely taken it out of our diet, and it’s only on splurges that we consume HFCS. I’ve been a die-hard label reader for many years due to lactose intolerance, and after reading about how bad HFCS is about 8 years ago, I will put food back 9 times out of 10 if it is an ingredient. I saw this ad in a magazine and started laughing. The sad thing is that people believe it.

    Then again, people believe that Febreeze won’t harm you (it can cause serious respiratory issues in pets – especially birds, small kids, and people with lung issues like asthma) and that aspartame is healthy (aspartame has been linked to short term memory loss and formaldehyde poisoning). Oh, and then there’s Bovine Growth Hormone, the substance that is so bad for you that other countries have banned it, but not us! Let’s hear if for good old greed and the FDA!

  10. Rob O. says: Reply

    It is very sad how insidiously “big corn” has wormed its way into nearly everything we consume. Even if you’re diligent about your child not eating stuff with HFCS, you’re in for one heck of a battle to hold true to those convictions. Pure & simple, HFCS is evil stuff and the only reason it’s being used so prevalently now is that it’s so cheap – thanks in no small part to government subsidies. So, yup, we pay for the corn to be grown & processed with our taxes; we pay for the groceries that we try to sustain our families with, and then we get to pay again when the crap our kids eat makes them sick (or at the very least, far less able to stay healthy).

    But the saddest thing is that most people don’t question anything. They never consider that chicken is NOT shaped like a nugget, that real bread is rarely white (and shouldn’t be crustless!), that nothing resembling actual cheese doesn’t come out of a can, that lunchmeat shouldn’t have sweeteners added, that milk doesn’t always have to be chocolate for kids to drink it… Sheesh, the list goes on.

    Open your eyes folks! If you still want to choose poorly but do so from an informed perspective, then so be it, this is America – enjoy your freedoms. But don’t choose poorly by default or because you can’t be bothered to expand your mind a little.

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