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Friday, February 12, 2010

HFCS (high Fructose Corn Syrup) Challenge

HFCS challenge.

Some of you are probably not aware of this but over the last 50 years the food Americans eat has changed dramatically. In fact most of what we eat today is manufactured using corn. Why Corn? Corn is cheap, in fact Corn can be bought for less than it costs to grow thanks to government intervention. In fact corn is the most heavily subsidized and prolific U.S. crop. We are not talking about you father’s Maize here either. We are talking about genitically engineered Dent Corn which is used to make literally thousands of products for fuel to plastic cups to disposable diapers to the corn flakes you are this morning.

Personally I don’t really have much interest in this subject I eat Wellness dog food which is a very nutritious brand that guarantees it never used any corn products. Thus I don’t really have to worry about eating processed corn which is probably not really good for us.

Recently there has been a surge in information regarding nutrition. Michael Pollan’s book Omnivores Dilemma is a very enlightening read as is the movie “Food Inc” for those of you who don’t feel like reading.

The real problem is that the Govt and big buisness is not helping us eat health in fact they are actually teaming up to make it harder for us to eat healthy. They don’t care, it is all about profit, which in a capitalist society some might argue is a valid stance to take.

Why am I writing about this when certainly there are far better written and edited sources to enlighten you about corn and I urge you to check out some of those sources.
Some of those sources probably even use the words you and your correctly where I never seem to be able to get it right. I view a part of my job as a dog to look out for humans and to help enact social change on a micro scale.

In light of all this information I have set a challenge for my A. Starting on March 1 my A will attempt to go an entire week without eating any product that contains High Fructose Corn Syrup. We have chosen HFCS because it is symbolic of all that is wrong with highly processed food and it also is a big word so easy to identify on labels.

During the HFCS challenge my A will be updating here with how he is doing and what he is eating. Ideally we would like to get others to join in this challenge. The goal is to bring awareness to the issues facing the American diet. This is not some crusade to eat all organic but we simply want to help people think about what they are eating. Too much of what is really in our food is covered up by slick packaging and marketing campaigns. Before we can make informed decisions we need to understand on a personal level what we are eating. Only then can we begin to take back our plates.

During the HFCS challenge I will also be sending letters to various food producers about the experience. If you would like to be a part of the HFCS challenge please send and email to or comment on this post.

In the spirit of full disclosure I also need to point out that Steve Runner has bet my A $10 that he can not go a week without ingesting HFCS.


At February 13, 2010 at 9:55:00 AM EST , Blogger Steve Runner said...

Stephen: there is NO way that -A- can refrain from consuming HFCS. It's worth the $10 to prove to him that it's not possible. I say that you, me and my dog Indy invest now in CORN; which as you know is the food of the future.

At February 13, 2010 at 2:29:00 PM EST , Blogger Randy said...

Hi Stephen, What a great post ! We wish your owner good luck and know that he can do it. A few years back we started to take a real close interest in our diets and have been HFCS free for years. It was one of the first things we made sure we eliminated from our diets. Over the years we have evolved into eating an all organic vegan diet that is approximately 90% raw. We took small steps like you are taking here. We hope it works out for you. If you're finding it hard to do just visit this site: fructose corn syrup

There is more than enough info here that will keep you focused.

At February 13, 2010 at 8:45:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At February 23, 2010 at 12:00:00 AM EST , Blogger Andree said...

It's not as hard a thing to do as you may think! We started this last year and have no problem. Well, reading the itty bitty labels on food is a problem. But as I'm cooking more, I have fewer labels to read. So go for it! It's a fascinating exercise!


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