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High-Fructose Corn Syrup 'Natural'?

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High-fructose corn syrup -- the gooey stuff that saturates most sugary-sweet kids' foods -- has an overall bad rap. And rightly so: It's high in calories and is a leading cause of childhood obesity -- right up there with trans fats.

But the Corn Refiners Association of America is trying to re-brand the product, calling it "natural" because, after all, it's made from corn. Check out this ad and let us know what you think. Does it change your mind about feeding the stuff to your kids?

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Traci July 11, 2010, 10:09 AM

Sure, it’s fine in moderation. The problem is not the HFCS, it’s the fact that EVERY food product aimed at kids contains it. It’s hard to moderate something that’s in EVERYTHING.

ker July 11, 2010, 10:36 AM

Botulism is natural too, but i don’t want to feed it as an additive in food to my kids.
Want to fatten a cow or a pig? Feed them a corn diet.

Chrissy July 11, 2010, 12:58 PM

im fine with it being in obvious items like popsicles, ice cream, snack cakes. But when its in my bread, salad dressings, and EVERY item i feed my family on a supposedly healthy diet, its like backpedaling. trying to find items without HFCS is like trying to win the lottery these days. my other peeve is when they claim juices have servings of fruit which is total BS.

CornRefiner July 12, 2010, 7:14 AM

The Corn Refiners Association would like people to see the facts on high fructose corn syrup, which has been the subject of a lot of attention and misinformation in the past few years; this is not about eating more — it’s about clearing up confusion about what we already eat. Cont…

Jordan July 12, 2010, 8:22 AM

All I can say is that I cut it out of my diet 3 years ago. I lost 100 pounds the first year and have now kept it off for two years. I weigh the same as I did in high school.

Your mileage may vary, but studies are out showing mice double the weight when placed on a HFCS diet vs. sugar.

da July 12, 2010, 8:26 AM

Right, I want to give my children something compared to table sugar. They both contain fructose which is converted by the body into fat. They are both chemically altered by humans to be shelf stable, and anything altered to prevent breaking down you can bet screws with your system as it tries to grind through that which is meant to last. HFCS has been linked to tissue damage, diabetes, kidney damage, and the list goes on. Don’t take the word of a poster or the big business behind these commercials - google the studies and read for yourself. CornRefiner, you are sick. You know you make poison and have decided to use a bully tactic toward teens and young adults in order to keep filling your pockets. What horrible, ruthless “Americans” you are.

michelle July 12, 2010, 8:45 AM

Too much sugar in ANY FORM is bad for kids. Whether it’s HCFS or cane sugar or organic agave syrup, you have the same problem: empty, non-nutritious calories. People should stop buying all this crap and give their kids real fruit, real cheese, etc. Also, snack cakes, Chrissy?? Are you serious? They’re OK because you can read the label? Those are basically the worst things on the planet, ever, and not just because they contain HCFS.

Mary  July 23, 2010, 4:32 PM

Thank you Michelle, you and the corn farmers got it right. If you cut HFCS from your diet, your are cutting the amout of calories you eat you will loose weight. Stop with all the processed food and feed your kids real food, whole food and teach them how to bake a cake. My kids prefer it with out the frosting!

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