We talk a lot about sugar in this space. That sweet, white powder is delicious, but it’s also at least partially responsible for public health problems from obesity to diabetes to heart disease. Singular sugar facts don’t always paint the complete picture. Let’s take a broader look at sugar, our health, and how you can cut back on the sweet stuff.
Shopping at Target just got more interesting. Last week, the major retailer announced a new line of natural and organic food and beverage items, named Simply Balanced.
Corn first received heavy subsidies back in the 70s when we first started using it to make alternative fuels like ethanol. Since then, corn subsidies have strongly influenced our food system to the detriment of our health.
High fructose corn syrup won’t be renamed “corn sugar” after all. The FDA has rejected the petition by the Corn Refiner’s Association to change the name of high fructose corn syrup to something less notorious.
Oh, high fructose corn syrup! Why are you in every food? I can understand finding you in sodapop and candy, but check out most commercial breads, crackers, and cereals, and that ubiquitous sweetener has weaseled its way into those ingredients lists, too.
The Sugar Association has prepared a study for the FDA that concludes changing the name of ‘high-fructose corn syrup’ to ‘corn sugar’ would confuse consumers. Half of the consumers who participated in the survey did not recognize that ‘corn sugar’ may contain high-fructose corn syrup, and therefore would be unable to avoid it if they were trying to do so.
I wrote back in June about the fact that the USDA doesn’t follow its own dietary advice.. when it comes to food subsidies. But a new report by the US Public Interest Research Group, “Apples to Twinkies,” puts more numbers to that. Here are some key ones:
The Corn Refiners Association is at it again with the “corn sugar”.
A recent study published in Diabetes Care found a strong link between sweetened drinks and type 2 diabetes.
Birke Baehr is changing the world, one kid at a time.
High fructose corn syrup is a hot topic these days. Whether we’re talking about the corn lobby’s attempt to give it a new name or that more and more products are ditching the HFCS in favor of table sugar, it’s definitely on folks’ minds.
Both pro- and anti-HFCS have a lot to say about the sweetener, and part of me worries that this debate is an unintentional red herring. Let’s set aside specific concerns about HFCS for a minute and look at some of the over-arching issues with food.
If you look at the ingredients of the food you buy, you’ve probably seen high-fructose corn syrup on the list more times than you can count. Following up on a [ … ]
Have you ever tried to find bread that doesn’t contain HFCS? I’ve had many a frustrating moment at my local grocery store, and my husband has even called me from the bread aisle when he wasn’t able to find a single loaf that didn’t list the stuff.