Where do you stand on the HFCS debate?Posted on Oct 10th 2008 6:00PM by Maggie Vink
Filed Under: Nutrition & Supplements
Kristen told us about the recently-launched high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) ad campaign. By now, you've probably seen the commercials. The ads bother me to no end. Not only because they imply that HFCS is natural ("it's made from corn") but because of the disturbing way the people are portrayed.
The people who are concerned about HFCS in the commercials come off rude, condescending, and uninformed. Seriously. Would you actually tell a friend that you don't think they care what they feed their kids? On the other hand, the people who think HFCS is fine are knowledgeable and polite. Personally, I think the commercials poke fun at people who are health-conscious and care about what they put in their bodies.
CBS News launched an investigation and found that three of the six studies supporting the Corn Refiners Association's claim that HFCS is no different than sugar were funded by organizations that stand to profit from HFCS acceptance. It's not unusual for parties with a vested interest to fund studies, but it does give reason to raise a questioning eyebrow.
|I believe the commercials. HFCS is fine in moderation.||5 (4.3%)|
|I try to minimize HFCS in my diet, but I'm not overly concerned.||30 (25.9%)|
|The whole debate has me totally confused.||5 (4.3%)|
|The commercials are misleading. HFCS is bad for your health.||76 (65.5%)|