If you’ve watched any television in the past month, you’ve undoubtedly seen a slew of commercials from the Corn Refiners Association that attempt to salvage the damaged reputation of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). One features two brothers arguing over whether or not HFCS is bad for you in cereal, and another highlights two moms discussing the effects of the HFCS found in store-bought punch. There’s also a commercial where a couple lounges in a park eating popsicles laced with HFCS:

Some Tiny Talk readers might know that I’m allergic to corn. As a result, HFCS has been my enemy for years because (as this series of commercials demonstrates with a variety of foods) it hides in EVERYTHING! After a decade of scouring food labels, I can confidently tell you that a vast majority of foods on the shelves in your local grocery store are packed with it. But is it really bad for you?

The Corn Refiners offer their take–that HFCS is no different from sugar or honey–while certain medical sites offer another–that HFCS is directly linked to the development of diabetes. For a more balanced take on the topic, I think this article from Diabetes Self-Management does a great job of summarizing both sides.

What do you think? Knowing the prevalence of HFCS in the foods you and your family eat, are you concerned about the amount you consume, or the potential effects? Have these commercials changed your mind? You tell us!

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4 Responses

  1. Rosie says:

    I saw this commercial the other night and my mouth dropped! I love how they casually said that it’s “safe in moderation.” Which means it is not safe in LOTS of amounts and oh btw it is hidden in everything you eat. This commercial makes me want to rant! Corn and its derivatives directly contribute to childhood obesity. I recommend other mom’s read, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan. It is eye-opening.

  2. Al says:

    Nutritionists and physicans around the country will argue that HFCS in sustained quantities is not good for you. The arguement is always that in moderation, it probably does not hurt most of us. The same could probably be said for smoking or alcohol. Lighting up once a month or taking a drink once in awhile is probably not a big deal (if you could control yourself to that extent). Beyond that it is bad for you. The difference is that a smoke or a drink is obvious and you are fully aware during the act of putting those things into your body. The problem with HFCS is that it is everywhere and in everything and largely hidden. So without doing a detailed review of every label before consuming, how would one maintain a HFCS intake that is in “moderation”.

  3. Jackie White says:

    I think that the commercials are absolutely ridiculous. It is frustrating that so many things are bombarded with high fructose corn syrup. I have no choice but to try to stick with fresh fruit, veggies and my own cooking. I guess I will have to learn how.

  4. Marsha Barnes says:

    My daughter has had a lot of skin problems lately and I have made sure never to purchase anything with high fructose corn syrup in it for her because of its negative impacts. After taking this action, her skin has much improved and is only one reason why it is bad for you.

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