Corn syrup fights back


Perhaps you’ve seen the commercial. A guy and and girl are having a picnic in the park. She offers him a popsicle, and he turns it down because it has high fructose corn syrup in it. When asked why corn syrup is bad for you, he’s unable to respond. She smiles and says, “It’s made from corn, has the same calories as sugar and honey, and it’s fine in moderation.”

“Get the facts. You’re in for a sweet surprise,” says the announcer at the end of the commercial. Is it true? Has high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) been given a bad rap?

According to Dr. Mercola, no. “Part of what makes HFCS such an unhealthy product is that it is metabolized to fat in your body far more rapidly than any other sugar, and, because most fructose is consumed in liquid form (soda), its negative metabolic effects are significantly magnified.” Although a healthy amount of skepticism is a good thing, the fact that HFCS is nasty stuff is a pretty well established nutritional fact.

The above commercial is simply part of a campaign by the Corn Refiners Association to rehabilitate the reputation of HFCS. The good news is that corn syrup consumption has gone down enough for them to be getting nervous. The bad news is that this effort to fight back might actually work with people gullible enough to think our health is in their best interest.