Okay, so by now, if you’ve read any of the posts that I have done or reprinted on high fructose corn syrup; then you know that I’m not a big fan of it – to put itÂ mildly.
From a pure dollars-cents standpoint, I understand why food manufacturers use it:
- Itâ€™s cheap
- It acts as a preservative.
- It mixes better than sugar
- Itâ€™s sweeter than sugar.
I’m sure I’m oversimplifying it, and I’m also sure someone will enlighten me as the degree.Â But, all those reasons are whyÂ sodas are basically nothing but water, high fructose corn syrup, CO2, and coloring.
Still, this article from the Washington Post makes claims that I had not really considered to this point.Â It’s worth reading.Â HFCS is not really cheap, may be hurting us (ie obesity) and it may “killing” (is that too strong?) our environment:
High-Fructose Corn Syrup: Not So Sweet for the Planet
High-fructose corn syrup “may be cheap in the supermarket, but in the environment it could not be more expensive,” Michael Pollan, author of “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto” (Penguin Press, 2008), writes in an e-mail.
Most corn is grown as a monoculture, meaning that the land is used solely for corn, not rotated among crops. This maximizes yields, but at a price: It depletes soil nutrients, requiring more pesticides and fertilizer while weakening topsoil.
“The environmental footprint of HFCS is deep and wide,” writes Pollan, a prominent critic of industrial agriculture. “Look no farther than the dead zone in the Gulf [of Mexico], an area the size of New Jersey where virtually nothing will live because it has been starved of oxygen by the fertilizer runoff coming down the Mississippi from the Corn Belt. Then there is the atrazine in the water in farm country — a nasty herbicide that, at concentrations as little as 0.1 part per billion, has been shown to turn male frogs into hermaphrodites.”
The caveat is that this article was written on March 9, 2008, almost 3 years ago.Â Â But that doesn’t make this issue any less relevant today.Â We are tasked to be good stewards of the land that provide for us; and I’m not real sure that we can make the case that we are – with stuff like this.
I understand that with this posting, I’ve meandered pretty far from the central theme of my blog- which is to help provide resources, tools and advice to help you find a job.Â It’s just that I think our health is really important to – well – everything.Â And if you’re in the middle of grueling and grinding job hunt, the last thing you need is a can of soda with 36 to 42 grams of high fructose corn syrup – I’m sorry – corn sugar polluting your body.Â
You have to be strong and healthy now, because the toll that the stress of being unemployed is brutal.Â Your immune system has be to strong.Â
This will probably be my last posting on this subject.Â I’ll try to stay more focused on helping you.Â
Thanks for bearing with me.