Audrae Erickson (President, Corn Refiners Association) writes in response to the article posted in The Rebel Yell:

“First and foremost, HFCS is a safe, natural, nutritive sweetener. Since 1983, the Food and Drug Administration has listed HFCS as “Generally Recognized as Safe” (known as GRAS status) for use in food.”

Yes, and as far back as I can remember we have experienced some pretty major mistakes when it came to US goverment agencies (specifically FDA) making safety claims before all the facts were in.

Link to Feedback: The Rebel Yell

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Discussing how greeing your home can be followed by greening your diet.  This op-ed piece makes this statement about HFCS:

“The government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends we eat more plant-based diets, but the government hasn’t adopted supportive policies. At the very least the federal government should stop subsidizing foods harmful to health and the environment and start subsidizing healthy foods.
    The government sprinkles corn farmers with several billion dollars a year not to put corn on the cob on your plate, but to provide cheap feed for livestock and cheap high-fructose corn syrup for soda makers.”

Link to Article: Salt Lake Tribune

Accidental Hedonist is maintaining a list of foods containing high-fructose corn syrup to help those who have chosen to eliminate HFCS from their diets to avoid these foods.

Post your own comments or add to the list.

Link to Site: Accidental Hedonist

The Center for Science in the Public Interest threatened to sue 7Up over advertising that shows the soft drink, which is sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup, being handled like fresh produce.

“Pretending that soda made with high fructose corn syrup is ‘all natural,’ is just plain old deception,” said CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson. “High fructose corn syrup isn’t something you could cook up from a bushel of corn in your kitchen, unless you happen to be equipped with centrifuges, hydroclones, ion-exchange columns, and buckets of enzymes.”

Link to Article: USA Today
Link to Center for Science in the Public Interest
Link to Washington Post Blog: Washington Post

Kids’ eating habits were up for discussion by about 120 people at the Back to School With Better Food Conference, which was sponsored by the Westchester Coalition for Better School Food.

Nutritionist Geri Brewster encouraged parents to not serve food that contain high-fructose corn syrup, among other artificial sweeners.

Link to Article: The Journal News

Wednesday Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) the world’s largest producer of HFCS announced Mexico agreed to buy 250,000 tons of U.S. HFCS in 2006 and 500,000 tons in 2007.  ADM expects even higher tonage in 2008 when the market becomes open-market.

Link to Article: Reuters

This article from The Rebel Yell, titled “Rebel Health: High fructose corn syrup, the hidden enemy,” covers some of the leading health issues with HFCS.

– Obesity (fructose increases hunger so you eat more)
– Diabetes (body does not properly use insulin)

“What can you do? Read the ingredients on packaged food before buying it. Many organic and health conscious brands do not use the substance.Look for brands that use pure cane sugar instead of HFCS. In the end, your gut may thank you.High fructose corn syrup spurs our economy and reaps sweet benefits for manufacturers, but is the bitter effect the substance has on your health worth it? You decide.”

Link to Article: The Rebel Yell

This article has a lot of great information on the process of manufacturing HFCS including the use of two enzymes (alpha-amylase and glucose-isomerase) which are genetically modified to be more stable.

“Consumers trying to avoid genetically modified foods should avoid HFCS. It is almost certainly made from genetically modified corn and then it is processed with genetically modified enzymes. I’ve seen some estimates claiming that virtually everything–almost 80 percent–of what we eat today has been genetically modified at some point. Since the use of HFCS is so prevalent in processed foods, those figures may be right.”

Should an ingredient that must go thorugh such a process that includes genetically modified enzymes be allowed in foods labeled “All Natural” or “100% All Natural”.  It’s in “Snapple All Natural Lemon flavored Tea”.  It’s in “Arizona 100% All Natural Green Tea with Honey”, yes the stuff in the Zen-like green can or bottle.

Weston A. Price Foundation Board Member Linda Forristal is the author of Ode to Sucanat (1993) and Bulgarian Rhapsody (1998). Visit her website at motherlindas.com.

This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Fall 2001.

Link to Article: Weston A. Price Foundation

High Fructose Corn Syrup is in nearly everything it seems lately.  I’ve been keen to look for this bugger on ingredients for a while.  I’ve always been a bit suspicious of this ‘super-sugar’, but most of my friends have never heard of it, or heard that it might be a health concern.

I remember watching it slowly replace sugar on the ketchup bottle’s label when I was sitting at a reataurant table over the past several years.  Some still had natural sugar for a while, now they’re all high-fructose corn syrup sweetened that I’ve seen.  Then I heard how high-fructose corn syrup is made.  This stuff is no more natural than meth, and a meth lab doesn’t even have enough equipment to make this stuff!

Studies have not yet been conclusive regarding high-fructose corn syrup as being linked to obesity (or the studies that don’t report any negative findings are sponsored by the Corn Refiners Association) and the endless stream of US Government agencies, it’s not a conspiracy, but the FDA and USDA are guilty here too for listening to sugar lobbyists, changing food recommendations to ‘moderate sugar ‘, and bio-agriculture monsters like ADM go marching forward with lies and the power of NAFTA because they can and nobody seems to notice.  Surely this country’s food policies have the consumers health in mind, or those good Christian companies would have changed to a different sweetener for any of our processed foods, right?

Safety unknown, HFCS is derived from genetically engineered enzymes, clearly listed as an ingredient in food and drinks labeled “All Natural” and “100% All Natural”.  That’s like legally poisoning each consumer who’s looking for Natural products.  I think there should be a class action against every manufacturer of this stuff that ever passed it off as all natural!

All people of this planet are suffering from our mistaken economic and agricultural policies.  Policies that were developed by a government which made decisions to create policy based on economic and/or political influence above it’s concern for the health of the world’s people.

I may seem out of line, but I’m frankly pissed off that it comes to this level of involvement by average consumers to make sure that we have some decent food left in the grocery store at the end of the day.  This is a charge to the agribusinesses and the government agencies to find some transpartisan solutions to this immediately, developing solutions that are inclusive of the entire spectrum of the food chain including the consumer and not just the stockholders.

I am sick of being lied to, and I’m sick that it’s become the status quo to be lied to in this time we are living.