Attack of the Corn Refiners Association

There was a great article this week in the USA Today about new research pertaining to high fructose corn syrup. Check it out here:…
-Liz on behalf of the Corn Refiners Association

Originally posted as a comment by Liz

Today, I have received a half-dozen spam comments on my blog from the lovely people at the Corn Refiners Association in regards to my HFCS critiques posted a few days back. I don’t know what they hope to accomplish through spam. If you’ve got to get out your message through fake people who post form comments on blogs with links to favorable articles (occasionally posting multiple comments by the same “person” on the same post), the only thing I can deduce is that there is something wrong with you. Right now, in my book CRA ranks up there with penis enhancement drug solicitors and Russian mail-order brides. That’s not so good for your credibility.

I heard this on the morning news yesterday. I once worked for a medium sized food brokerage that had a “Quality Assurance” food science lab/kitchen facility. I ate lunch with the the QA food scientist guy who regularly explained (in mild angst) how results of an upcoming “test” scheduled for that day or week needed to show certain results.It turns out that you can make a test prove almost any result you want it to show if you set the test up properly.

The moment I heard this news “report” (which was later repeated over and over, on several stations and all morning long), I laughed because this test was “bought and paid for” just like our fancy food science lab all those years ago. It’s all about sales. Someone wants something sold, so they buy something for someone who will say something.

That’s the world we live in.


Panera tasty iced green teas


There is not much I like about Panera Bread restaurants (the food tastes fairly good going down, but doesn’t settle quite right). I make an exception for the tasty iced green teas.

I used to love it until i realized it was sort of a cross between Snapple and Kool-Aid. I still order it when I am forced to go to Panera (friends), but it’s no better than a sugary soda in terms of “health” (but it is tasty).


What happens within an hour of drinking a coke.

I’m going for a Dr. Pepper. Reading this turned me into a fiend.

Within the first 10 minutes, 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. This is 100 percent of your recommended daily intake, and the only reason you don’t vomit as a result of the overwhelming sweetness is because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor.

Within 20 minutes, your blood sugar spikes, and your liver responds to the resulting insulin burst by turning massive amounts of sugar into fat.

Within 40 minutes, caffeine absorption is complete; your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream.

Around 45 minutes, your body increases dopamine production, which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain – a physically identical response to that of heroin, by the way.

After 60 minutes, you’ll start to have a sugar crash. — blakewhitman

Coke is the new cocaine, or is it the old one? — poortaste

And drinking the diet gives you cancer later on! — courtneyj

I’m sorry, but this “article” hit pseudoscience the instant they mentioned 10 teaspoons of sugar without indicating how much coke that is it. I suspect they’re repeating the bullshit claim that each can of coke has 10 teaspoons of sugar.

10 teaspoons of sugar in a can of water makes a thick syrupy liquid that’s not drinkable, even if you could keep the sugar dissolved in that much water without crystallizing out when cold, and it’s nowhere NEAR the thin consistency of coke. 10 teaspoons in a small bottle of coke (slightly more liquid than a can) isn’t much different, and you really need to move up to a large 600ml or 1 liter bottle of coke before the consistently is close, let alone the taste.

A single can of coke distills down into a tablespoon of thick syrupy liquid, containing all solids. If the coca-cola company has managed to fit 10 teaspoons of sugar plus the other solids in one tablespoon of syrup, then I guess they should be awarded for creating a new realm of physics.

“45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.”

I thought it was stupid to mention that its the same way heroin works. EATING ANY FOOD stimulates the pleasure center in your brain.

The moral of the story? When people are trying to scare you, you are getting jerked off. Eat a sane, balanced diet, exercise and ignore scaremongers.