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October 2010

Corn Sugar and Moms

My kids know that we don’t eat foods that have High Fructose Corn Syrup in them. My kids know that they are only allowed to eat food with ingredients they can pronounce. Hydro-Metho-Dextro-Ethate foods are not something I’d give my children, or even my dog.

If the corn refiners have their way we’ll have to tell the kids that Corn Sugar is an invented item by the corn refiners. I will have to explain to my children that Corn Sugar means that Corn has been processed in ways that only scientists understand and that those scientists are trying to make that chemical look like food by calling it Corn Sugar.

That is what I’ll do.

We are fat. We are a nation of fatties who subsidize cheap food so that we can stay fat. We, as a species, have survived becuase we store fat so efficiently. We eat when we’re not hungry so that we can survive famine. It doesn’t make us bad people, it makes us adaptable.

Now we need to use our brains so that we can override our basic need to store fat for the famine that isn’t coming. Real food has roots or a mother. A tomato on your plate looks just like it did on the vine, the same goes for grapes, corn, apples, lettuce, beans and legumes. Meat should be fresh, it should be organic, and if you’re really lucky it will come from a trusted rancher.

The Corn Refiners are launching a huge campaign to rename High Fructose Corn Syrup. Moms are smack dab in the middle. Ladies, we do the bulk of the grocery shopping. Take your children with you to the market so that they understand what food should be. Better yet, take them to a farmer’s market where corn comes on an ear, and strawberries are only sold in the summer time.

They will woo you. Mom Central will promote the hell out of them, but I’m asking the Moms to collectively say “no thank you” to processed foods. Your children will thank you, your health insurance will thank you, your waistline will thank you.

Corn Sugar

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The folks over at are who prompted this post. I understand that they had a really flattering phone call with the Corn Refiners, but I want y’all to see who is paying for mom blogs. The content is full of misinformation about sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup (they’re trying to sell you fruit swimming in it), and on the sidebar you’ll see Healthy Choice (I’d beg to differ), as well as Sugar to prevent Childhood Hunger. You cannot fight Childhood hunger with dessert, it simply doesn’t work that way.

There is no doubt in my mind that this is a lovely blogger. There is no part of me that believes she is anything but a woman who wants to do right by her kids. I also think she represents the middle of the road with blogging. This appears to be a successful blog, with a large audience, and the monetization that we all see (I’m sure there’s stuff I’m missing) on the front page is processed food and dessert.

I love mom bloggers. I love my kids, and I love real food.

How many of you will be able to say no to food processors, both online and at the grocery store?