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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Accidental Hedonist - We Get Letters - v. 18: HFCS References

Accidental Hedonist - We Get Letters - v. 18: HFCS References: "Thanks so much for your e-mail Krista. You should be warned that High Fructose Corn Syrup is one of those topics that raises my ire. This is in large part done by the good folks folks at the Corn Refiners Association, who have been tasked with confusing the issues surrounding HFCS so that everyone believes the product to be A-Okay.

Case in point: Their FAQ Question which asks 'Is HFCS a 'natural' sweetener?'. Their answer is extremely disengenuous, so much so, that it borders on lying. Their answer, for those of you disinclined to view their site, is roughly 'We meet the USDA's requirement of the definition of 'natural''.

What they don't say is that HFCS is a man-made product. HFCS is not a naturally occuring product, and I don't mean that in the same way I mean that All-Purpose Flour isn't a naturally occuring product. I mean it in the sense that HFCS must be made in a controlled environment, and enzymes not natural to corn products must be purposefully introduced to cornstarch in a very specific order for HFCS to exist.

Cornstarch has to be treated with alpha-amylase enzymes to produce shorter chains of sugars called polysaccharides. Then an enzyme called glucoamylase breaks the sugar chains down even further to yield the simple sugar glucose. Finally the third enzyme"