Ok, I’ve thought this way for a while, but it is wicked hard to get away from High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). It’s in practically everything… soda pop, cereal, bread… ketchup! I’ve known for a long time that HFCS is bad stuff, and from time to time, I make an effort to avoid it. I read labels like crazy. And end up spending twice what I intended, because most of the stuff that’s HFCS-free also falls under the “organic” or “natural” label, and that automatically adds 25-50% to the cost.
Anyway, I’ve been bleating about HFCS for a long time, but have been greeted with bland looks … -.- … from a lot of people, because they ask, “where’d you hear that?” And I cite some study done by some “hippy-dippy-natural-foods” group, or some “green-loving-holistic” source. And of course, because it’s not mainstream media or a big university, it’s treated as bunk. Even if the information it contains makes complete and utter sense, and you’ve witnessed it in real life.
Well, now I”m vindicated. Big Brother Mike sent this article to me last night. HAH!! See? I toldja so!! And it’s from Princeton! Can’t ask for more gravitas than that!
In a nutshell, the article proves the theory that so many of us have held for so long – that HFCS is a leading cause of obesity. That it is far worse for you than regular sugar. That your body processes it differently – turning HFCS to fat, where straight sugar is used for energy. Rats were fed exactly the same diet (rat chow) and HFCS (at half the strength of a regular soda) was added to group 1’s water. Regular sugar (at the same level found in soda) was added to Group 2’s water.
Group 1 gained WAY more weight than Group 2. They even found that they gained more weight than rats who were fed a high-fat diet.
For people like me, who maintain that HFCS is a huge problem, this is absolute vindication. And it’s making me double my efforts to avoid it. Please, GOD, let Dove Chocolate not have HFCS in it. Please!! (I’ve already found that Mountain Dew Throwback is not only better tasting, I don’t drink can after can after can of it. One in a day – if I even drink that much – is plenty.)
We won’t even discuss this drivel from the Corn industry. And yes, I know, I live in Iowa, and am probably blaspheming right this very minute.