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16 September 2008 @ 11:51 pm
HFCS  
I just saw a pro-High Fructose Corn syrup ad... i'm scared.
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Nathannathanw on September 17th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
In the grand scheme of things, I think it's good news that they're having to play defense like this.
Jvisage on September 17th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
That was my thought.
mathhobbitmathhobbit on September 17th, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
Explain to me why this stuff is more evil than other calories? It comes from plants; it must be good!
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on September 17th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
My personal theory is we just have too much corn in our food in general and humans do better on variety. It also shows up in places it has no right to be. That's why I'm hating artifical sweateners too.

That and cockroaches and mice won't eat it, which kind of sends up warning flags in my head.

Plus it doesn't taste as nice.
Fashionable, but unable to tell fact from fictiontesting4l on September 17th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
Taste is one thing, but they're absolutely right: There is nothing even remotely conclusive about HFCS being bad.

Mice and cockroaches will eat tons of stuff you won't. Does that make you think twice about eating bread crumbs on your floor?

Your viewpoint here is *exactly* what they're getting at with those ads. It's completely unscientific.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on September 17th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
Mice and cockroaches will eat tons of stuff you won't. Does that make you think twice about eating bread crumbs on your floor?

Your logic here is poor. The whole point is that they're not picky, which means if they do eat it, you should be suspicious it's not really food.

But you're right. I don't have any scientific basis, but I'm still angry that it's in everything only because of poorly thought out government substies. It's bad for the land to be growing a small diversity of crops.

Maybe if it were in everything because that's what people wanted in their food, I might be more sympathetic.
Fashionable, but unable to tell fact from fictiontesting4l on September 17th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
My point is that you're picking a funny time to declare mice and cockroaches arbiters of what isn't food. We know that mice and cockroaches are certainly not infallible on this point as they'll gleefully eat poisons. They'll eat fast food and there's evidence that fast food is actually bad for you.

It's not really bad for the land either because land is rotated. Farmers grow more than just corn year round -- the growing season is separate from that of, say, cotton and it's just plain good soil management to keep different plants growing on a plot of land. Ultimately, sheep are harder on land than growing corn is.

Additionally, I think seizing on diversity of crops as a problem is a bit of a misunderstanding.
The Shaggy Manshaggy_man on September 17th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
From my point of view? It tastes worse than sucrose, but is ubiquitous because it's cheaper. And it's only cheaper because of massive subsidies on the growing of corn.

Other people have other issues, I'm sure.
bdeakinbdeakin on September 17th, 2008 12:37 pm (UTC)
damn corn lobby