VisualEconomics.com published a wonderful infographic detailing what the average American consumes in one year.
Apparently many of us have gotten the message about veggies to the tune of more than 415 pounds.
But with the average of 42 pounds of corn syrup sweeteners (high fructose corn syrup) in the mix, it is crystal clear why the Corn Refiners Association is spending millions to convince us HFCS is “just the same as sugar.”
With efforts by CRA intensifying in the face of court cases by sugar producers trying to protect their turf, and a derogatory response from FDA executives about the proposed name change to “corn sugar,” could it be that the decline of this sweetener is poised to accelerate?
We see all these signs as positive indicators. Another one is the presence of “No High Fructose Corn Syrup” used increasingly as a marketing bullet point on food products.
CRA continues to put lipstick on this pig, but at the end of the day, HFCS is still highly refined corn, and GMO corn to boot.
You can help further the decline of this sweetener. Read the labels of food products you buy. When you see “high fructose corn syrup” or “corn syrup” or, heaven and FDA forbid, “corn sugar” on there, just say no. HFCS is in more places than you can imagine. For example, Subway’s website lists HFCS as an ingredient in their buns. This is also the case with many other seemingly healthy food providers.
Always remember that the real economic power in the food market is not the massive multinational corporations and their seeming unlimited advertising budgets. It’s us and our wallets. We are the market makers. The reason we are fed so many lies by these companies is that they need us much more than we need them. Our preferences, demonstrated by voting with our wallets, will always rule the day.