Monday, April 18, 2011

The story of Mr. Corp.

Long ago in a land far away there was a man named Ne1.  Ne1 was a quiet man who spent his time mixing chemicals together in order to produce compounds for use in food.  One day, Ne1 was mixing some things together when he discovered a result that was twice as sweet as sugar, cheaper than sugar but had the small side-effect of blowing up those who ingest it.

Well, even though it was highly fatal, Ne1 was approached by Mr. Corp, who wanted to pay him more money than he could possible imagine, for this magical chemical, he named X.  Mr. Corp, knew that when used in food, no one would buy something with an ingredient called X, so he re-named it Happy.  Soon, every product had Happy in it, because it was cheaper than sugar and was able to incorporate more easily into all sorts of foods and products.  

Yeas later, people in other countries started to see that there was some side-effects to large amounts of Happy/X.  They noticed that they were becoming fatter and obese, quicker, then exploding.  So, this country, tested it and found that it was very unsafe and thus banned the chemical from their foods and their store shelves.

Now, back in the original land, where Ne1 lived and discovered chemical X/Happy, he noticed the bad side-effects as well as people were exploding after ingesting large amounts of the chemical.  When Ne1 tried to contact Mr. Corp about the harmful effects, he ignored him.  Furthermore, when Ne1 tried to contact the government, Mr. Corp had paid off the members of the congress to not make any rules or laws restricting his business and the creation of more Happy/X.

Now, does the above story sound familiar?  When you have groups called things like the Corn Growers of America, which didn't show up until there started to get some bad publicity from High Fructose Corn Syrup.  It is amazing how quickly this type of stuff works and how quickly people can pay someone to cover it up.  You are in luck.  I have noticed that most other countries have banned HFCS in their foods and are using real sugar now.  Real sugar, while it may be the bane of many nutritionists and doctors who really don't know crap, it is WAY better for you than HFCS.  I find many good items at Global Foods, where a quick run through any country's isle looking for snacks, candies or cookies will prove fruitful for a non-High Fructose Corn Syrup taste. If High Fructose Corn Syrup wasn't bad for you, then why are so many large companies getting rid of it?  Pepsi Throwback, is just Pepsi made with real sugar instead of HFCS. 

If you are bored and looking for a challenge, try looking for something to buy that doesn't have HFCS in it.  You will be amazed at how many things had it.  I have found it as a main ingredient in everything from bread to fruit juice to cupcakes.  You would figure that if you were like me and you have made bread in the past, that you would understand that the only sugar you need in bread, is for the yeast, to provide it with something to eat so it can create gas and help your dough rise.  Also, if you notice something, most breads with HFCS also have sugar.  Why?  The sugar is most likely for the yeast and the HFCS is to make the bread taste sweeter.

If you don't believe me, take a look.

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