Chicken Little (small_chicken) wrote in pollanesque,
Chicken Little


This is perhaps the penultimate reason as to why HFCS is bad for you. Not that I was ever under any delusion that it was good for people, but he lays out, in painstaking biochemical detail, how it all works. It was originally linked to in this NYT article, which is, in itself worth reading.

Happily for us, this coincides with my boyfriend's deciding to cut back on sugar intake. But I'm going to check the labels on our chips and snacks just to be sure...anybody know what "high fructose corn syrup" is in Dutch?
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In the EU there isn't the widescale replacement of sugar with HFCS. I believe in the EU it is called isoglucose or glucose-fructose syrup. Not sure how that translates to Dutch but I'm pretty sure you don't have to look in every nook and cranny for it there like you do in the US.
Hehe, yeah, I realized that pretty quickly. I couldn't remember if I'd remembered it correctly, that HFCS wasn't as widely used in Europe, and after seeing the video, I really wanted to be sure :-)
corn(maize) growing is very heavily subsidised in the usa, which makes it the cheapest and most popular sweetener in the food industry.

and since corn's so cheap, it's also used heavily in (what seems like) almost everything.

(i'm allergic to corn, so it's a big issue to me.)

it's on toilet paper and papertowels [as glue at the beginning and end of the rolls0. cornstarch is a very common thickener in processed foods. most processed foods have corn syrup or hfcs as sweeteners. it's in most pills as starch, and on some of them as "food grade glaze" on the outside. the medical grade glucose for i.v.s is corn based. some plastic is corn-based -- i found out when i had to go back in a deli to ask if they'd changed the formula on something had been corn free when my mouth started to blister when i ate some; the clerk said no, but they'd switched to corn utensils. most supplements have corn (and some companies will tell me in all seriousness that it's far too highly processed to be allergenic. not if one is as reactive as i am, the evidence says). it's inside some brands of vinyl and latex gloves. it's dusted between slices of presliced cheese and mixed in preshredded cheese.

it does make it easier to stick to a diet of whole foods and not use many store bought products, though *g*
OMG...I had no idea just how "everywhere" corn is...yeesh. Europe is (fortunately?) behind the times and everything, as far as I can tell, is still made with whole ingredients, even down to the pet food (don't ask me exactly what constitutes "meat byproducts", but at least it's not corn meal),

That's an excellent article, and very scary when you consider how easy it is to overconsume sugars of all kinds without even realising that you're doing it. I've been trying to reduce my sugar consumption, and it's very difficult, especially here in America where sugar is added in various forms to all kinds of things that you never even consider until you learn the terminology and start carefully scrutinising labels. Then, too, eating in restaurants is a whole other problem. It's really quite depressing to think about the scale of the problem and how difficult it would be to change.

Incidentally, I don't mean to be a jerk by mentioning this, but "penultimate" means "second to last in a series," and not "the emphasised ultimate."