Being a productive college student, making sure I was "Keeping Up With the Kardashans" on a normal thursday night, I came across a very interesting commercial in regards to high-fructose corn syrup. Being much more educated about this sugar additive derived from corn than the general public, I thought it was very intriguing and thought provoking that The Corn Refiners Association would produce such a thing.
After seeing a quick glance of a woman talking about how pouring her kids a cup of fruit juice containing an ingredient, "no different than fruit juice" was in fact okay for their health, I wanted to see if there were more commercials of this nature.
This add makes sure that consumers "get the facts" about high fructose corn syrup, leaving the impression that there must be a bit of misinformation somewhere about this ingredient. When asked why this syrup is so bad for a person's health, again and again these commercials have people with no actual information to say about it. In efforts of getting back the support of those who used to purchase things with this ingredient, and were turned against it by the media, the Corn Refiners Associations, whom was obviously impacted by the efforts away from HFCS, points where made to emphasize the misinformation people have.
Three points that the ads keep presenting about HFCS are:
1.) It's made from corn.
2.) Has the same calories as sugar.
3.) Is fine in moderations.
These points leave me to wonder if they are really valid things to say or not. At the end of every commercial they suggest people should visit sweetsurprise.com, thus sparking my interests to do so. Quotes on this site emphasize that sugar and HFCS are virtually the same in the bloodstream and are metabolized identically.
Though all points made in both the ads and the website are obviously in favor of HFCS, I just find the efforts to change the conceptions people have on this item very interesting. It makes you wonder if HFCS is reallyas bad as people think it is and if it is in fact one of the great contributors to the obesity issue in our country.