Over the past few years I have written a few times about my disdain for high fructose corn syrup and the marketing ploys of the Corn Refiners Association.
I would prefer my family and my children–type 1 diabetic or not–to eschew HFCS in our diets. But as a family with two working parents and a lot on our proverbial plates, it’s difficult not to reach for convenience foods when time and energy are short.
Over and over I get this grand idea to declare a day that families should be conscious about the food they are feeding their children, read labels, and only consume foods that do not contain HFCS.
I feel like the simple act of making conscious choices, even if for just one day, can make an impact on our families. And I think we may be surprised at some of the foods that contain this highly processed ingredient.
You may ask what has sparked my latest disdain for the marketing of HFCS. I was appalled when two writers, each living with type 1 diabetes since childhood, posted the following photo while attending the annual American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) meeting in Indianapolis early in August, 2012.
The photo? The photo was of the Sweetener Studies booth promoting high fructose corn syrup!
CDE’s should be there to help educate and empower people with diabetes to make good decisions in their daily management of the medical condition as well as give advice and adjust treatment courses. They are usually the point of contact when you call the endocrinologist’s office, especially between appointments.
It is my opinion that CDE’s should not be telling their patients that foods containing HFCS are good choices. I am personally appalled that HFCS was promoted at the American Association of Diabetes Educators meeting.
I don’t want either of my children (the one who has type 1 diabetes or the one who doesn’t) consuming HFCS if it can be avoided. I would not like it if our CDE suggested products to us containing that ingredient or said that it was okay to include in a healthy diet. It’s a highly processed food that in no way resembles the plant it came from. By taking their fee for the booth, AADE condones and endorses it’s use and marketing to health professionals and consumers.
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 declare August 25, 2012 HFCS-Free Day.
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.
I specifically did not choose a school day because I know the contents of lunches provided by schools are often beyond a parent’s control. My hope in choosing a weekend day 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.
Grab this button to promote HFCS-Free Day on your blog.
Write about your reaction to the Sweetener Studies’ booth at AADE or your dislike for HFCS in foods, especially those marketed to children and families.
Join the HFCS-Free Day 2012 event on Facebook.
Leave a comment below sharing your thoughts about HFCS. (And maybe your opinion is that it is fine for your family to eat it without restrictions. I ask that everyone be respectful of others in their comments.)
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Diabetes Mine (Allison Blass and Michael Hoskins of Diabetes Mine brought the AADE booth to our attention.)