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This week I read that as a country we each on average ingest 42 lbs of corn syrup a year. I read this after I drank my corn syrup laden lemonade and thought about how gross that is. Here is the link to the article I read while I waited for the dentist to tell me I'll have the joy of having a root canal. Corn Syrup: 1 Sassy: 0.
FOURTY.TWO.POUNDS. Of Corn Syrup! Each year on average. That's disgusting! What does that even look like? I don't know, I couldn't find a picture of it but lovely Jane was sweet enough to email me this picture she just happened to have...for... I don't know why. But thanks anyway Jane!
Just thought I'd share that with y'all. Pretty gross huh? I guess that's why as we start exercising we should really judge our weight loss in inches rather lbs (or stones if you're Fish, who of course is beautiful as she is. Not that I've seen her...that isn't me outside her apartment with the binoculars, really...I swear). When I was running last year I only seemed to lose 10 lbs but I got much trimmer. Now I can totally see why. I'd always heard muscle weighed more than fat but just look at how much smaller it is!
So back on topic, what are good alternatives to all the corn syrup? I don't know but I learned its not table sugar. But it goes beyond sweetening all our foods, corn is in everything and fed to our beef supply which may be causing some of cow issues. Something about it makes them need antibiotics and increases an certain type of Ecoli. I guess there are different kinds. But really, didn't we always learn that cows eat grass, am I right? Apparently not these days though. Where is Ree when I need her? I also understand the grass fed beef is yummier too. If I had all the money in the world I would buy only free range eggs, chicken, and beef. It was how they were meant to be. Sorry, I'll get down from my box now.
Now I'm stepping onto another. Sorry, JimmyEW said to add this part. Aside from corn having some not so great health aspects there are economic aspects to this crazy corn cultivation (that, my friends, was alliteration) that are considered negative to both the country and the farm industry. It involves the subsidy of the corn, and over production that drives down prices that increases subsidy which increases production with drives down prices and so on and so forth. Seems like a circular problem to me but I'm no corn or economics professor...do they have corn professors? Probably Agriculture ones, but I digress.
This problem of corn consumption and cultivation impacts more than just the produce and can goods aisle. To understand this issue from someone who actually knows what they're talking about read here and here. Just thought you'd like to know how much junk we keep eating, I don't have any tips or anything. Someone smarter than I can maybe post a comment telling us what to do. And in case you think I'm pointing fingers everywhere but myself click here.
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Thursday, March 20, 2008
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