"The following clips are from a conversation with filmmaker Curt Ellis brought to us by Cooking Up A Story. It is about his
documentary "King Corn", the film that may open eyes across America.
Surprisingly, corn is present in some form or another, in almost
everything on the American plate. And, none more so, than through the
food ingredient "high fructose corn syrup" (HFCS). Is it a good idea to
have "HFCS" present in so many of our foods without prior public
debate, or adequate science to measure its impact on the long-term
health of adults, and especially our children? Should our standard
meals be unnaturally skewed toward a corn based diet, in the first
place? This interview, along with video clips from the documentary, may
not provide the answers here, but it's a good beginning for further
thought and reflection."
What do you think? Were you even aware that corn is in just about everything that is processed? That typically means all the food that comes out of a box or a bag or picked up from a drive thru. Everything from the Oreo's, to the spaghetti sauce, to most loaves of bread. You wouldn't pour sugar on spaghetti naturally, would you? So why have so many of our diets become so much sweeter than they used to be? How can we find solutions that make healthy food available to everyone and not just the wealthy?
If you're concerned about the amount of high-fructose corn syrup or other sweeteners in your diet, consider these tips:
- Limit processed foods.
- Avoid foods that contain added sugar.
- Choose fresh fruit rather than fruit juice or fruit-flavored drinks. Even 100 percent fruit juice has a high concentration of sugar.
- Go Raw.
- Go Vegan.
- Don't get your nourishment out of a box.
- Don't get your fix out of a bag.
- Don't expect healthy food from a drive-thru window.
- Do not drink soda.
- Don't allow sweetened beverages to replace milk, especially for children.
"We may have to learn again the mystery of the garden: how its external characteristics model the heart itself, and how the soul is a garden enclosed, our own perpetual paradise where we can be refreshed and restored." ~Thomas Moore