Children of the High Fructose Corn Syrup News
I've considered the Corn Grower's Association's attempt to placate the unwashed masses. They have called those of us who question their product's safety stupid. How dare I question their great product that makes food cheaper with a longer shelf life - especially baked goods.
I've considered their argument, which is their product is fine as long as you use it "in moderation..."
Yes. That's quite a consideration. I've been considering a lot silly things like facts along with their suggestions. Too much natural cane sugar or HFCS - either way, if you eat too much of anything - you'll get fat. I have been mulling that over for a while, and trying to balance their argument in my head. I've decided that their argument has some merit. The fact is, that you can eat pretty much whatever you want - and you won't gain weight - as long as you eat just below the total calorie number that you need based on your size and metabolisim.
You or I can chow down on about 3/4 of an order of Chili's Awesome Blossom:
203 g fat 194 g carbs
6,360 mg sodium
As long as we don't eat anything else. For about a day. That's 24 hours. Technically, we'll be okay. Now, granted, thats about enough sodium to wreck Troy and if I'm going to eat that much fat, I'd rather just eat a big plate of bacon. However, I'm trying to illustrate a point.
However, it is when you wash it down with the 17 teaspoons of HFCS in a can of Cola... and at Chili's you've got bottomless glasses - so multiply that by at least 3. Let's just say now you're up to at least 33 teaspoons of the junk with your tasty Onion Bomb. Now you're over your calorie amount, and now you're packin' away the pounds.
Remember, we'll be fine, as long as you didn't have a breakfast or a dinner, and only drank water all day long. Sugar, fat, carbs, or HFCS - as long as you don't go over the number. This is the basis of Weight Watcher's system as well.
But this is Blasphemes, so you know there's going to be a catch somewhere.
But let's look back at the concept of "in moderation..." It is kind of funny, if you're completely unaware of how often you really are ingesting HFCS. And then there's the news from Con-Agra in regards to trace amounts of mercury found in HFCS-laced foods like ketchup. The thing is, people don't just eat ketchup. HFCS is in everything.
The PR spokesperson said a person would have to eat 100 pounds of ketchup a day to reach the safe exposure levels. Whew! But if you reverse-engineer this reassuring thought, just how much HFCS is in ketchup? Or that Cola? Considering that, plus the USDA's data that the According to the USDA, average person ate 128.3 pounds of HFCS in 2006, maybe we can figure out how much HFCS-related mercury people ingest a year, let's throw the hypopthetical worse-case scenario that all HFCS has mercury in it.
Also, mercury builds up in the muscle of fish, can we just assume the same for humans? Let's ask Jeremy Piven.
If people are eating all this HFCS regularly and little bits of mercury are adding up... then maybe that's something worth looking into? It's not necessarily a crisis, but it's also not as trivial as the spokesperson tried to make it sound. Unless you're a parent.
-- hmmmm... now here's a thought, the anictdotal link (meaning wrong) to the increase of autism in children was mercury and vaccines. What if they were on the right track, with the mercury, but it wasn't the vaccines? -- look I'm no scientist... but will someone ASK a scientist if this is possible?