Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Hazardous to Your Health - New York Times

The foisting of high fructose corn syrup on the American public is one of my pet peeves!
Hazardous to Your Health - New York Times: "Our government needs to do much more to control potentially deadly substances — plutonium, anthrax and high-fructose corn syrup.

Nicholas D. Kristof.

O.K., so Osama bin Laden isn't scheming to release corn syrup in the New York subways. But that's because he doesn't need to: Americans are guzzling it themselves — every year, the average American drinks 56 gallons of soda.

The major sweetener in pop is high-fructose corn syrup, which is also found in everything from ketchup to hot dog buns. Americans over the age of 2 get an average of 132 calories a day from high-fructose corn syrup."


musicality said...

It's probably no news to those following the HFCS situation, but it is surmised by many that HFCS is one of the contributing factors in the US for the rise in diabetes. Then, why don't we question the use of this potentially disease contributing substance? Another case of big business doing what is least expensive and easy? We have control over the intake of such substances, but we have to be vigilant in reading ingredients labels. What percentage of the population does that, especially children? Another instance where parenting is essential.

Uveal Blues said...

Excellent points! I think that there are probably also quite a few other instances of U.S. consumers unwittingly consuming foods and ingredients based upon U.S. agriculture lobbying influences...Reading ingredient labels is key in this regard...

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