Sunday, 6 February 2011

HFCS - what's the big deal?

I've decided that HFCS isn't evil. It isn't the work of the devil. It isn't the end of civilisation as we know it. It's just a cheap form of sugar. My body can't tell the difference between HFCS and sugar.

(There's a corporate "movement" underway to rename HFCS to "corn sugar". I see no problem with this.)

The thing I don't like about HFCS is that it's in *everything* in the USA. I *guess* that's because it's so cheap.

I wouldn't mind, but it's hard to buy plain corn syrup (which is almost totally glucose) here cheaply. You'd think that you'd be able to buy five gallon buckets of the stuff for next to nothing but you can't. Shame.

Watch this video on [the evils of] fructose:

Saturday, 5 February 2011

High Fructose Corn Syrup ... in milk???

There's a thing here in California called "half and half" - a kind of milk.

The first time I met it years ago, I thought it was the same as "half fat milk". So I put it in a cup of tea.

It is *not* the same as "half fat milk". It is *not* suitable for tea.

It's supposedly half cream, half milk. One part of me is delighted and amazed that such a concoction is so available, widespread and liked. Another part of me is horrified that such a thing exists.

(I'm totally used to this mental dichotomy now: revulsion and delight in equal measures. I try to encourage the delight and suppress the revulsion. The revulsion is mostly going away now.)

(I have a notion that half-and-half is, like, a "healthy" alternative to putting "cream" in your coffee. I hope this isn't true.)

Oh, yeah, the point of this post: apparently my wife was going to get some half and half for something the other day, checked the ingredients, and found High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) in it. In milk, ffs!!!

Anyway, in the end she bought cream instead.