I have long had an aversion to high fructose corn syrup, beginning when I had children and wanted to make good food choices for them. Unfortunately it’s so pervasive and difficult to avoid entirely. Of course it’s in highly processed foods, but what’s ridiculous is that it has made it’s way into foods like salad dressings and pizza sauce. Foods that could easily be made without this ingredient.
Hearing that the Corn Refiners Association had a booth at the recent American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) meetings renewed my disdain for the marketing of the ingredient, which is no way resembles the original source: corn.
Where I take issue is that certified diabetes educators (CDE’s) are often the point of contact at endocrinology offices helping us manage many aspects of diabetes care and enabling us to make decisions on our own. Diabetes has to be the only chronic medical condition where 99% of the decision making falls to the patient (or the patient’s parents).
I strongly feel that foods made with HFCS should not be our first choice when filling our grocery carts and stocking our pantry shelves.
What I propose is each of us take August 25, 2012 to make a conscious effort to read labels and choose foods that are not made with high fructose corn syrup.
I realize that not all parents and families are concerned with the inclusion of HFCS in the foods they serve their family or who do not think that the marketing of highly processed foods to children is an issue. But I know many, many parents who are concerned. I hope you join me in this effort because I think it is an issue that affects all children, not just those living with type 1 diabetes.
My hope is that parents can look over labels with their children and open a dialog about what your family considers healthy food choices.
I also encourage adults who dislike the Corn Refiners Associations’ marketing, the Sweetener Studies’ spin on HFCS, or the widespread inclusion of HFCS in prepared foods to get involved.
Please take a few minutes to read the post The Ethics of Exhibiting at Diabetes Expos written by Michael Hoskins at Diabetes Mine. His in depth post shares the logic behind who can and can’t exhibit at diabetes-related conferences. The American Diabetes Association says no to booths like that of the Corn Refiners Association, but the AADE says yes.
It’s not okay. It’s just not.
(And if tomorrow is totally inconvenient for you, feel free to choose another day in the near future to do this eye-opening activity with your family. The date itself is not significant, but taking the time to do it is.)
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