[FoRK] Warning Labels on Fat Kids..
Thu Jul 14 15:43:29 PDT 2005
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I agree HFCS is nasty stuff -- when I moved to the US, I spent about 3
months feeling ill every time I drank a bottle of soda. I can only think
it'd be the HFCS. (There were one or two brands that didn't contain it,
and they went down fine.) I've gone native since then, though ;)
(BTW the sans-HFCS sodas were *some* of the Pompelmo sodas Trader Joe's
carries -- some did contain it, but some do not.)
However, in my opinion the lack of exercise is a factor, too -- a recent
study of LA residents found that no less than 40% said they got no more
than 10 minutes of continuous physical activity per week.  Many people
elsewhere still walk or cycle daily, and that's a big improvement on
driving in terms of burning off some of the lard.
I can't talk, though -- since moving here, I've been working from home.
Having no commute at all to burn fat with is no good for my waistline :(
Ian Andrew Bell (FoRK) writes:
> Some folks wanna put warning labels on Soft Drinks.
> I think that, just to be sure, the US should install warning labels
> on all fingers indicating that putting them in proximity to one's
> mouth while holding food could result in dire obesity. But does
> anyone really think that Warning Labels are meaningful anymore, after
> decades of useless labels on CDs, Cigarettes, and Ladders?
> In the longer term I think that history will illustrate that the real
> problem isn't simply, "sugar" (which is a generic term referencing
> dozens of different additives) but instead High Fructose Corn Syrup,
> or what I call "engineered sugar". HFCS was born in the 1970s, in
> part to address two things: the high cost of sugar, due to America's
> ongoing embargo of Cuba (which has traditionally ranked highly within
> the top five exporters of sugar); and the dramatic overproduction of
> corn, due to America's moronic ongoing subsidy of its growth by
> farmers (which has also resulted in the wholly unnecessary emergence
> of Ethanol, BioDiesel, and lots of other stupid Corn-Into-Gold
> High Fructose Corn Syrup is not natural. Its existence is the result
> of a mad chemist's array of processes, fermentations, chain
> reactions, and engineering. As such it's natural to assume that we
> organisms might have a really hard time ingesting, processing, and
> excreting it safely. Consumed in high enough quantities (which most
> of us do today) it has been revealed to effectively turn our bodies
> into mush.
> What's circumstantially different between the relatively svelte
> peoples of Europe and the statistically obese heifers of North
> America is the quality of the sugars we intake. Europeans consume
> lots of sucrose (from beet and cane) and us Americans eat mostly
> biochemically-engineered sugars. We're fat. They ain't.
> Confectioners can't even use the term "chocolate" in the EU unless
> their product uses real sugars, which is one reason why Mars bars in
> the UK kick ass on North American ones.
> So go ahead and label Soda cans all you want, but it's pure,
> unmitigated folly and will have no appreciable effect on the number
> of forklift cases faced by paramedics in the future.
> You really wanna cope with the obesity problem?
> - Educate children (and adults) in schools on how to eat
> better in SIMPLE terms
> - Stop subsidizing the growth of corn and other crops we
> don't need
> - Stop fucking with our food supply unless you're going to
> test thoroughly the effects
> - Disincentivize the sale and distribution of junk food with
> extra taxes, etc.
> - Close forever the revolving door between the FDA and Monsanto
> .. of course we won't do that, because the Fat Kids can't afford
> expensive Washington/Ottawa lobbyists as can Monsanto, Yum! Foods,
> and McDonald's. Instead, the problem will just continue to amplify
> until -- like the hormonally-unbalanced, permanently ill beef cattle
> of the North American livestock industry -- many of the people of our
> countries will be managed in a continuous state of illness and sloth,
> taxing our social services to the maximum while displacing the truly
> sick. All of this at no expense and to the massive profitability of
> a dwindling (through consolidation) number of megacorporations
> (including, of course, health providers who triage and manage the
> lingering deaths of the populace) in the BioTechnology, Food, and
> Health Care industries.
> High Fructose Corn Syrup is a poison by many names (dextrose, glucose-
> fructose, etc.), and is so pervasive in North American foods that
> it's almost impossible to avoid consuming it. My Snapple that
> contains the "Best Stuff On Earth!" lists glucose-fructose second in
> quantity only to water on the label. Just about the only package on
> my desk today that doesn't contain any HFCS is my bottle of Evian.
> Some info:
> A short term answer: go organic.
> But what happens to society when only rich people can afford to eat a
> healthy diet, free from chemicals and engineered foods?
> Warning Labels On Soda?
> NEW YORK, July 14, 2005
> Soft drinks that are packed with sugar could get warning labels just
> like cigarettes and alcohol if an advocacy group gets its way.
> This is no joke, Michael Jacobson, director of the Center for Science
> in the Public Interest (CSPI), tells The Early Show co-anchor Harry
> "Absolutely serious," he says. "Americans are drowning in soda pop -
> teenagers, in particular. The average teenage boy is consuming two
> cans of soda pop a day. The industry spends over $500 million each
> year promoting the sale of these worthless products. The U.S.
> government's dietary guidelines for Americans have urged people to
> consume less sweetened beverages. But the government doesn't do
> So Jacobson has filed a petition with the Food and Drug
> Administration, requesting that warning labels be put on soft drinks
> with more than 13 grams of refined sugar for each 12 ounces.
> Although the calorie count is already on the can, Jacobson says much
> more needs to be done to warn consumers.
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