Sunday, January 18, 2009

You know what they say about High Fructose Corn Syrup...

Last night, while watching SNL, I saw back-to-back ads attempting to cast high fructose corn syrup in a better light. I can understand propaganda ads about milk, beef, pork, chicken, broccoli, green tea, or things that least in some way have a potential health benefit.

But corn syrup? In one ad, two women are talking at what appears to be a birthday party. One is pouring a juice drink from a gallon jug into cups, and the other tells her that the juice drink has high fructose corn syrup. The pourer offers a non-chalant "And?" The protagonist says, "You know what they say about high fructose corn syrup...," to which the pourer responds, "That it's made from corn, doesn't have artificial ingredients, and like sugar, is fine in moderation?"


At first, I thought it was just a spoof commercial, since I witnessed it during Saturday night live. But then right after that, I saw another. A couple is laying on a blanket in a park, presumably having a picnic. The woman offers the man a popsicle, to which the man turns up his nose, "You know what they say about high fructose corn syrup." Echoing the "pourer's" comments from the previous ad, she further defends high fructose corn syrup by letting the viewer know "it has the same calories as sugar." Like that's a good thing.


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