How the Food Industry is Brainwashing the Public
False and misleading nutrition information is
being sold to the unsuspecting public through convincing TV, radio,
magazine and newspaper ads and brilliantly designed marketing
Chemical concoctions are being advertised as the
latest and greatest new "healthy" foods. Synthetic food additives are
being promoted as safe and "made from food." Because consumers are
becoming more conscious of healthier choices, manufacturers are telling
you that these fake foods with their artificial ingredients are good
Stop and think. Don't be fooled. Consider where
your health and nutrition information is coming from. When you get your
nutrition information from the media, you're getting it from the food
industry and companies that stand to benefit from you purchasing their
If you believe what you read from food industry
ads, especially for processed foods, and from organizations that
receive money from the food industry, you may be on your way to cancer,
heart disease, diabetes or obesity ... if you're not already there.
Take for instance, high fructose corn syrup
(HFCS). The food industry is advertising how HFCS is made from corn,
doesn't have artificial ingredients, has the same calories as sugar and
is fine when used in moderation. Take a look at what they have to say
Another ad for HFCS
Beware of the wolf in sheep's clothing!
The food industry is feeding you propaganda.
They're brainwashing you into believing that highly processed, high
fructose corn syrup is just like sugar, is okay to eat and is not going
to adversely affect your health.
Here's a quote from The Corn Refiners Association
"Research confirms that high fructose corn syrup
is safe and no different from other common sweeteners like table sugar
and honey. All three sweeteners are nutritionally the same"
Research done by the USDA has found
The refined white substance we know as sugar is
sucrose. It's composed of glucose and fructose.
In the USDA study, when rats were fed sugar, i.e.
sucrose, they developed numerous health conditions. If the rats were
nutritionally deficient, they suffered greater health problems than
those that were not nutritionally deficient. To determine if the
adverse effects were from the glucose or the fructose, the study was
repeated with two groups of rats. One group received glucose and the
other fructose in high doses. The group that received the fructose
suffered major health issues, while the group receiving the glucose did
It's important to note that nutritional
deficiencies are very common in people due to the highly processed
foods that are consumed.
HFCS is not the same as the fructose in
fruit. It contains no nutrients and does not nourish the
body. HFCS does cause the body to lose minerals, thus causing
nutritional deficiencies. In addition, it's associated with various
adverse health conditions.
Honey, on the other hand, especially raw honey,
contains vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and antimicrobial properties.
Honey is sweeter than sugar, so you can use less. It's also metabolized
differently than sugar and HFCS. Raw honey has healing properties. That
cannot be said of sugar or HFCS.
High fructose corn syrup may be derived from corn,
but that doesn't make it fine in moderation, nor the least bit healthy.
This synthetic food additive is made by subjecting
corn starch to a complex chemical process with genetically engineered
enzymes. The corn used is most likely genetically engineered as well.
The resulting HFCS is far from natural and does not act like sugar in
Corn grown for use in the processed foods
industry, made into food additives like HFCS, is not the same fresh
sweet corn you can buy in the grocery store. There's an oversupply of
the corn used in HFCS. The corn industry is subsidized with your tax
dollars to grow even more so that it's really cheap for manufacturers
to buy at less than what it costs the farmer to grow and harvest.
Cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity are at
an all time high. In fact, type 2 diabetes also known as "adult-onset
diabetes" is being found even in children. Obesity has skyrocketed in
this country since the introduction of HFCS. All these diseases have
been increasing since the addition of HFCS into processed foods. It's
in virtually all processed foods, from beverages, to cereals, to
snacks, to canned and bottled foods.
If you're eating these kinds of foods, you're
probably getting an overdose of HFCS and headed down the road to a life
As the food in this country has become more and
more processed, with more and more toxic food additives, genetically
engineered and irradiated ingredients, the health of the population has
To get true information about what's healthy for
you to eat and what's not, make sure you get it from a reputable
source, and not from the food industry or any of the many non-profit
and pseudo health-related organizations that receive financial support
from the food and drug industries.
The Murky World of High-Fructose Corn Syrup
By Linda Joyce Forristal, CCP, MTA
Double Danger of High Fructose Corn Syrup
By Bill Sanda, BS, MBA
America: Politics, Economics and Your Health
About the author Dr. Christine H.
Farlow, D.C. is "The Ingredients Investigator." She has been
researching ingredient safety since 1991. She is the author of three
books, including Food Additives: A Shopper's Guide To What's Safe
& What's Not and Dying To Look Good. To learn more about
ingredient safety in your food and skin care products,
NOTE: This article was
originally published in Natural News, Friday, October 17, 2008. Shortly
after its publication, Dr. Farlow received a packet from The Corn
Refiners Association attempting to convince her that HFCS is highly
researched and has been shown to be safe. On January 26, 2009, an
article was published in Environmental Health,
from chlor-alkali plants: measured concentrations in food product
sugar," about a pilot study that found mercury in HFCS. The
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, also in January 2009,
published the article,
So Sweet: Missing Mercury and High Fructose Corn Syrup," on
mercury found in HFCS and listed products and amounts of mercury