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Killer at Large, King Corn, & Food, Inc.

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Someone in our chat room asked me if I had watched any movies lately that I would recommend to everyone. I’ve seen a few seriously good films that dealt with technology in some way – even though it wasn’t in a way you might expect. Three movies in particular stand out: Killer at Large, King Corn and Food, Inc.

Corn production in the United States has exploded in recent years, in direct correlation with obesity rates. Corn is the heaviest subsidized crop in America. As we use more and more corn in our food supply, the amount of obese people also started to rise. You may think this is a conspiracy theory. However, ask a farmer what the best way is to sell their cattle at the market. The answer is that you have to fatten them up. How do you do that? You feed them more corn.

I don’t have anything personal against corn. But if you really want to get a better handle on what’s happening to society, you best understand what’s happening with our food supply. It’s a huge deal – we all have to eat. It’s not only about cutting junk food out of your diet. Problems exist in nearly all food we buy unless we eat organically.

America has become stronger because our food costs less. It’s cheaper to buy a candy bar than it is to buy a stalk of broccoli. You may get energy and calories from the candy, but are those calories worth anything?

Even a few decades ago, we didn’t see much high fructose corn syrup on the market. It has been proven that there is a direct link between the amount of high fructose corn syrup in the diet and the rate at which Americans are contracting Type II Diabetes.

I’m not trying to tell you how to eat or live your life. I’m just trying to open your mind by pointing you towards these movies. Expand your mind and then decide how you want to live your life.

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Corn Makes You Fat

Here are a few corn-centric truths:

  • Average high-fructose corn syrup consumed by an American in 1970: 0.6 pounds [George A Bray, Samara Joy Nielsen and Barry M Popkin, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 79, No. 4, 537-543, April 2004]
  • Average high-fructose corn syrup consumed by an American in 2000: 73.5 pounds [George A Bray, et al, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 79, No. 4, 537-543, April 2004]
  • Percentage of American children categorized as overweight or obese in 1971: 4 [United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, “Health, United States, 2006, With Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans—Table 73: Overweight among children and adolescents 6-19 years of age by sex, age, race, and Hispanic origin, and poverty level: United States, 1963-1965 through 2001-2004”, p. 291.]
  • Percentage of American children categorized as overweight or obese in 2004: 17.5 [ibid]
  • “Insulin resistance is a common feature of the metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Both have reached epidemic proportions worldwide with the global adoption of the westernized diet along with increased consumption of fructose, stemming from the wide and increasing use of high-fructose corn syrup sweeteners. It is well established that fructose is more lipogenic than glucose, and high-fructose diets have been linked to hypertriglyceridemia, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and insulin resistance.” [Source]
  • Researchers have found new evidence that soft drinks sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) may contribute to the development of diabetes, particularly in children. [Reported at the 234th national meeting of the American Chemical Society]

Even if it’s not HFCS, the chances of you eating some kind of product that was either made with or produced through corn are… well, go ahead and look in your food pantry. Pick up the average box and/or packet. Even if “corn” isn’t there, it’s obstinately there.

This is not likely the corn that originally came from Mexico centuries ago. No, it’s likely a GMO / hybrid that was designed for mass production. It’s nearly impossible to avoid anymore.

If Michelle Obama was really serious about curbing childhood obesity, she’d force corn-based food products off the market. But she won’t. In 2005, federal subsidies spent $9.4 billion in taxpayer money to promote corn production [source], so the chances of her actually curbing the problem at its root are next to zero. As such, the chances of her “Let’s Move” program succeeding in the long run are also next to zero.

Even if kids exercised regularly every day, they’d still continue to make absolutely lousy food choices for themselves – or, worse yet, an uninformed parent would be making those choices for him or her. Even if a child has a “nutritious lunch” at school or at home, you don’t think they’re going to chase it down with a supersized soft drink or some other kind of sugary snack? Hell, even “fruit juices” are comprised of more sugar than they are fruit itself!

I’m not going to say that regular physical activity doesn’t play a role in helping you lose weight, but I am suggesting that the amount of calories that the average person consumes these days is atmospheric. Don’t think you’re safe just by avoiding fast food, though; there’s not a single aisle at the grocery or convenience store which doesn’t shelve some kind of corn-based foodstuff.

Corn is cheap. Corn is convenient. Corn is making YOU fat.

Stop looking to the government to help you (and/or your kids) stay trim. Good food is going to cost you more money, but no more money than you’re going to be spending to support the health issues that your current “food” choices are helping you achieve.

The food industry, supported by the government, are in it for the money – not for your health.

Oh, and do you wanna know how farmers fatten cattle?

Corn. And if they don’t have enough corn on hand? Sugar:

You’re eating what a cow eats to get fat, my friends. You’re eating like a fucking cow, and you keep buying crap-tacular food products that are doing nothing to help you win the battle of the bulge.

Every so often? Fine. Every day? No way.

Tangentially, I’m calling “bullshit” on Pepsi – specifically in regards to their Pepsi’s Refresh marketing campaign. If they REALLY wanted to “refresh” the world, they’d stop producing products that are killing their consumers slowly; they’d eliminate HFCS and move to natural sugars altogether; they’d stop using artificial sweeteners in their “diet” products; they’d stop producing transfat-tainted products; they’d make an effort to produce far more single-serving containers. That would be refreshing in innumerable ways, but I’d never expect it to happen. Pepsi cares as much about your health and diet as they do your choice of fishing tackle.

The only reason companies might care about your health is to make sure you’re around longer… to be able to purchase more of their “food” products which have little-to-no nutritional value to them. Get it?

Does Pepsi Natural Taste Good?

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I don’t drink much soda, to tell the truth. I won’t eat or drink anything that contains trans fats and/or artificial sweeteners. I’ve been this way for about ten years now, and that’s just the way it is. It’s not that I don’t like soda – I just don’t like all of the junk that they are loaded with. When I heard that Pepsi was coming out with a new product called Pepsi Natural… made with natural REAL sugar! I had to try it.

It doesn’t have High Fructose Corn Syrup, so it’s all good! I can give er the old college try! As soon as you uncap it, you definitely get the whole “cola” smell. You know what I’m talking about, right? Colas have a distinct smell. My first taste was – WOW! It’s really sweet tasting. Kudos to Pepsi, for coming up with something this yummy, that has no artificial sweeteners!

Did you know that those crappy artificial sweeteners can actually make you more hungry?! That is in addition to any health risks there may be (I’m not a member of the FDA, so I won’t even begin to go into any of that).

The nicest thing about this is that this is not only the first time I’ve had Pepsi in over a decade – but I’m doing so guilt-free. Yes, there is sugar. But it’s a natural sugar! It tastes great, too!

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