Is the High Fructose Corn Syrup Ad Right – Is it Harmless?

January 12, 2009 at 5:03 pm 9 comments


A few friends had mentioned seeing a commercial stating that High Fructose Corn Syrup was natural and harmless.  I finally saw it myself this weekend.  Wow, what I was most amazed about was the lack of information that was given.  I guess when you are trying to promote a unhealthy product, less is more.

If you haven’t seen it – a man and woman are picnicking and the woman is holding a red Popsicle.  She offers it to him and he declines because it has high fructose corn syrup in it.  When she asks him Why that is a ‘bad’ thing, he is unable to respond.  This is the crux of the commercial, he can’t verbalize WHY it has a negative effect on his health.  Because of this, she tells him that it is made from corn and it is natural.  Then finishing with something about it being OK in moderation.

The sad fact is unless you have a PhD in natural health and /or nutrition, it is hard to articulate what you’ve read and believe. I know… I still have trouble sometimes and it has been my main reading/hobby/interest/career for the last 5 years!

Having a massive interest in ‘natural’ food and ‘alternative’ health, spawned by my daughter’s miraculous recovery from JRA (Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis) using these methods, I’ve removed High Fructose Corn Syrup from my family’s diet.                                                                                                                                                                    picture-of-101-great-ways-improve-your-healththumbnail

I’m not surprised that this commercial is out… I mean the organic food movement is getting larger.  When I began eating all organic food years ago, there was not an organic piece of produce or anything in the ‘regular’ grocery store.  Now most stores at last have some sections designated for organic products.  Most of these labels state NO HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, which is one of the ingredients informed consumers look to avoid.  The corn syrup producers must be very unhappy about this and are trying to fight their demise.

After watching the commercial I thought about what I would have said when asked WHY is HFCS bad?

Well, what I know is that High Fructose Corn Syrup is unhealthy because it is a sweetener which raises insulin levels, which has negative effects on the body.  Just like it is a well known fact today that sugar does this and it is best to minimize or omit it from your diet.

So what makes HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP so bad?  You can read many different articles that give you the scientific breakdown of what HFCS is and why is is unhealthy.  To read specifics, check out – What is High Fructose Corn Syrup or  Six Reasons Why Corn is Making You Fat by Joseph Mercola.

But the overall picture is this.  High Fructose Corn Syrup was created by Japanese Scientists in the 70’s. (which back before this obesity rates were very low, coincidence?)

HFCS is now the prevalent sweetener used in the US for many reasons, but mostly money.  It is cheaper. (surprise surprise)

It isn’t natural because it is modified.  High Fructose Corn Syrup is made by adding enzymes to cornstarch to change the make up.

I could go on and on, but why?  You’ll forget and it really isn’t important.  Why? Because it is just as bad for you as sugar and is more prevalent in the American diet than sugar.  And no one is arguing that we need to cut back on sugar.

I mean every knows and doesn’t fight the fact that:        sugar2

Here is a list of ways sugar can affect your health:

So it seems kind of silly that this is the Pro’s list for High Fructose Corn Syrup –

The Pro-High Fructose Corn Syrup people, namely those involved in its sale, and hhmm money, say that –


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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. parkerhealthsolutions  |  January 12, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Great Post! We also have seen these commercials in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. However, it seems that they were taken off the air a few weeks after they premiered. I’m sure there was enough uprise about the commercials that there was no way to fool the public any more. Thanks for your post, it is very informative!

    • 2. apwood  |  January 12, 2009 at 9:52 pm

      Thanks for visiting! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • 3. FT  |  January 13, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    There was an interesting article on “Nutrition Know How” blog about some of the misperceptions about High Fructose Corn Syrup. You can read it here:

    – FT on behalf of the Corn Refiner’s Association

    • 4. apwood  |  January 15, 2009 at 6:27 pm

      I guess you can defend it. Again, I find it amusing that all this hype goes into defending High Fructose Corn Syrup. The only defense seems to be “it is the same as sugar, no worse!” So maybe the list of ‘why sugar is so bad for you and the detrimental effects’ wasn’t long enough. I’ll let you put your Pro Corn syrup plug, but doesn’t anyone else see the idiocy in this?

  • 5. Holistic Junction Haven  |  January 19, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Sugar is one of health’s root of all evils. It might taste sweet and delicious, but it can surely do some damage. Good post — thx 4 sharing. Feel free to follow @

  • 6. Alison Cohn  |  January 20, 2009 at 3:03 am

    I thought it was a great post. Now, I am not in favor of adding sugar to one’s diet. As a Whole Health Educator I am often counseling people on how to eliminate it. However, I did want to share something in Marion Nestle’s book, “What To Eat.”

    Ms. Nestle, a nutrition professor at NYU, writes, “I view corn sweeteners as an especially inexpensive and ever present from of sugar(s), but nothing more sinister.” She goes on to explain how high fructose corn syrup is made and finishes with, “If corn sweeteners have anything to do with obesity, it is surely because processed foods are loaded with them, and lots of people are eating lots more of such foods.”

    Again, I am not advocating eating HFCS and thought your post was great, I just thought you might find this interesting.

    Alison Cohn

    • 7. apwood  |  January 20, 2009 at 7:43 pm

      Thanks for visiting Alison. I agree. I don’t think it is sinister in one snack once a week for example. But, it is in most packaged foods, things people aren’t aware of if they aren’t looking IE – bread. Collectively, it adds up to a lot during the week even the day. Thanks for the info! All my best, Amy

  • 8. Sam  |  January 14, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Those ads for high fructose corn syrup are ridiculous. One problem with hfcs is that it is in everything including so-called healthy foods like Yoplait yogurt. It is even in a can of kidney beans. The hfcs that is in all pops and all other sweetened drinks is worse than regular sugar since it contains 5% more fructose than sugar does. More studies are finding that it does affect the liver in negative ways. That 5% adds up.

    At the end of this article about hfcs, there is a great video that shows the reasons hfcs is “more sinister”.

    • 9. apwood  |  January 19, 2010 at 8:39 pm

      thanks for sharing this info! (:


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