Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Have any of you had the pleasure of watching the new commercials on television by the corn growers of America explaining that high fructose corn syrup is actually not as bad as it has been made out?

Isn't it amazing? It's not a good thing that so much of our food is made from things that we can't even pronounce, but also that our food is packed full of sugar these days. So while I'm not exactly a fan of high fructose corn syrup... I don't think it's entirely to blame for the problems our nation is facing with obesity either.

It's just interesting that they feel the need to spend millions to try to win back the American people.

Can the Splenda people get on television and explain to my sister that the little yellow packets are not "packets of death?!" Or better yet, the Splenda people and the Sweet N Low people get together and put out that commercial... because I'm SURE that it will change her mind.

How would ya'll like to hang out with my sister?? HA! No, I'm only kidding - but we don't see eye to eye on all things relating to food. Then again, we have different issues that we are battling... my issues revolve around insulin problems and hers are more along the lines of allergies.

Have I ever told you guys how fun/entertaining it is to cook for that side of my family? Seriously... to make a salad takes around 6 bowls with each salad ingredient being separate. I haven't given in to this one... I had to pick out the stuff I wouldn't eat for years... I see it more as a right of passage for the kids.

The once you get past the salad... we've got diabetics, vegetarians, low-sodium peeps, low-carb peeps, organic eaters, weight loss surgery... what else?? Oh seriously, isn't that enough?! It's a riot! Somehow though we all can come together over our love of sugar cookies. HA!


  1. I get annoyed with the anti-Splenda people too. It may be good, it may be bad, but there isn't any way it is worse for you than using sugar instead! That's part of how I got fat in the first place! When Sweet n Low was the only thing I wouldn't touch it as I always hated the taste. Splenda and Nurtisweet actually taste more like sugar and I don't think they have that awful after taste!

  2. Omigosh Kim, that commercial floored!

    "Corn syrup is made from corn, and corn is natural and healthy!"

    Seriously?! There is NOTHING healthy or natural about high fructose corn syrup! It certainly wouldn't qualify as "nutritious." But then again, neither would my beloved splenda.

    Cooking for your family sounds challenging. I had some of that experience over Thanksgiving--I was trying to bring dishes that I could eat and that were healthy alternatives for everyone, but what does "healthy" really mean?

    Sugar-free, fat-free jello pumpkin pudding? It's like a non-food chemical concoction if you think about it.

    Splenda sweet potatoes made with Smart Balance butter? Is margarine REALLY better for us than butter? Is Splenda REALLY better than, say, pure cane sugar? Should I try to do low fat, low sugar, AND organic? Or locally grown?

    Low fat milk or organic soy? Which one is more "healthy"?

    I think about this all the time with Eggface's recipes. So many of them are healthy in a WLS sense--low in carbs, sugar, and fat and high in protein--but is it REALLY healthy to put Torani syrup in EVERYTHING?

    I'm convinced healthy really means all-natural whole foods, not all this diet food we're accustomed to. But still, I love my Pure Protein bars! :)


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