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!