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Mar 13, 2010 09:21 AM

High Fructose Corn Syrup- Friend or Foe?

Just watched another one of those pro-hfcs ads, and it's so...kinda insulting. I feel manipulated, and it leaves me feeling sort of "icky".

There's this good looking, healthy couple picnicking in a park somewhere, and the girl takes out a red popsicle and the guy goes "Isn't hfcs bad for you?" and she's like "no" or something and goes on to talk about how it's good for you "in moderation"...

There used to be an informational ad on Nick or PBS that was really cute. It was a song about how sugar isn't great for you and you should limit the amount of food you eat w/ingredients that end in "ose" as in "gross". So well done. I feel this hfcs ad is a major step backwards in improving our national eating habits.

Or maybe I'm wrong and just too...easily angered?... or something.

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  1. No, I hate manipulative ads too. They backfire on me. They make me more determined not to buy what they are selling. I do my best to keep HFCs out of my home.

    1. Like most slanted ads, they fail to inform you about the quantity you'd need to consume for HFCS to harm you. Just like those Howie Long Chevy ads knocking Honda, they fail to tell you the differences in the quality of the engineering and just focus on gas mileage. We're smarter that that.

      1. Take a gander at this succinct and fairly well researched article and decide for yourself. You can't compare apples to apples when only one of them is supercharged. But, hey, it extends the shelf life of processed foods so it can't be all bad, can it?

        1. I'm delighted that manufacturers are feeling the squeeze of the anti-HFCS movement to the extent of funding a hugely expensive ad campaign. Know what? It's not going to work. Consumers are voting with their wallets and searching for products that do not contain this unnatural stuff.

          1. I love HFCS.

            I eat it straight. Yum.

            3 Replies
            1. re: ipsedixit

              I could send you rail cars of the stuff because I have to wait 15 minutes a few times a week while they shuttle them in and out of the rail siding of a national food brand nearby.

              Watch "King Corn" on Hulu.

              1. re: Kelli2006

                Obviously, it was tongue in cheek.

                But until the science is more definitive, the hysteria over HFCS may go down in infamy in the annals of science along with the frontal lobotomy.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  I assumed that your reply was tongue in cheek, so I decided that I would play along.