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High Fructose Corn Syrup commercials

post #1 of 32
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Have you seen these?

Someone serves some kind of processed, artificially colored/flavored product and the person being served says "Oh, I can't eat that. Its got HFCS"
"So you know what they say..."
"What? That it's natural, made from corn, and contains no artificial ingredients and it's fine in moderation"



my first thought is, yay, enough people are moving away from processed food for the corn industry to feel the need for this kind of advert; but mostly, I just feel sick.

What about the fact that it IS unnatural, and it IS an artificial ingredient, and the standard American diet includes HFCS in gluttonous amounts?

post #2 of 32
I remember hearing somewhere that the average American consumes 36 POUNDS of hfcs A YEAR!!

Srsly, is that "moderation"?
post #3 of 32
just watched the add and I was so shocked I laughed....seriously it was a RED drink, so unless it was raspberry juice...gross! Like we don't have enough sugary crap!!
post #4 of 32
too funny! Just watched another HFCS add with, of all things, a corn dog! What exactly are they trying to prove by these ads, 'cause corn dogs aren't healthy anyway.....I wonder who came up with these ads!!
post #5 of 32
I thought the same exact thing!! come on! are you kidding me? a commercial to encourage parents to use HFCS? this is nuts!
post #6 of 32
That is awful.

It reminds me of the commercials for sugar that I started seeing about a year ago. There is a guy in the produce section of the grocery store talking about how white granulated sugar is natural and just like the sugar found in fruit

post #7 of 32
That makes my blood boil. Just what we need -- reassurance that the crap so many of us already eat in stunningly unhealthy amounts is actually "natural" and "good for us."
post #8 of 32
As if people aren't confused enough yeah sugar is natural too but after all the processing it goes through it sure isn't good for you either. Give me a break I just want to slap those people who came up with this. Another government scam to keep us eating that junk.
post #9 of 32
That's hilarious and really messed up at the same time!
I guess it is a sign that we are becoming a more informed society about healthy foods even if some people will be reassured by these ads.
post #10 of 32
I guess "they" don't want people to read the labels anymore, or question what's in it!!
post #11 of 32
the best part is at the bottom where it says something to the effect of: "sponsored by the corn refinery industry." ::

Seriously, it's disgusting and hilarious at the same time. Like, what ELSE would the corn refinery industry say????
post #12 of 32
OMG, I just saw a magazine ad about HFCS a few days ago! I couldn't believe my eyes when I read it! I seriously thought it was a spoof at first. It was all green with a little logo at the bottom with a stylized corn plant on it to make it look all very natural and healthy. I was shocked and disgusted.
post #13 of 32
Oh for the love of...


My first thought also was "Huh, the health nuts must be making an impact if King Corn has to put out a smear campaign to make health concious people look stupid"
post #14 of 32
Don't our bodies process it differently than sucrose (table sugar)? I thought that had something to do with why it's worse for your health than sugar.
post #15 of 32
DH caught this ad and he still can't beleive it.
post #16 of 32
Yup, saw them. Red drink, red popsicle, corndog.
If they say it on TV, it must be true, right?
Blech. They kind of remind me of the KFC ads saying the fried chicken was healthy, or the 7up ad saying it was all natural. I wonder if these will be pulled too?
post #17 of 32
I saw the magazine ad too. This one read something like "Some people say sugar is better for you than high fructose corn syrup, but they're the same thing."
post #18 of 32
They are put out by the corn refiners association, not your least biased sponosor!
post #19 of 32
i've noticed products in costco that say "no HFCS... hydrogenated oils" on the front label... which thrilled me. but apparently this does not thrill the corn industry. HFCS is in everything!!! (okay not everything but it's in a lot of stuff!!)
post #20 of 32
I saw a full page ad in Family Circle magazine. I had to go grab it so I can type it out. I had to read this about 5 times over to realize Holy Cow, there is an ad promoting HFCS?!?!?!? What is this country coming to??

There are 2 women having a conversation. Lady A says "My hairdresser says that sugar is healthier than high fructose corn syrup." Lady B replies "Wow! You get your hair done by a doctor?"
Then the bottom states "There's a lot of misinformation out there about sugars made from corn. Truth is, high fructose corn syrup is nutritionally the same as table sugar and honey. The same number of calories, too. As registered dietitians recommend, keep enjoying the foods you love, just do it in moderation. We welcome a healthy discussion. Get the facts. You're in for a sweet suprise." www.sweetsurpise.com Sponsored by the Corn Refiners Association.

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