Sweet Surprises brought to you by the Corn Refiners of Association. Apparently High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is your friend, according to the Corn Refiners Association.
The commercials, put out by the Corn Refiners Association, repeat ad nauseam that HFCS is fine in moderation. Sadly, I don't think that consumers of modern processed foods have the real option to ingest HFCS in moderation.
From their website, "High fructose corn syrup offers numerous benefits. It keeps food fresh, enhances fruit and spice flavors, retains moisture in bran cereals, helps keep breakfast energy bars moist, maintains consistent flavors in beverages and keeps ingredients evenly dispersed in condiments."
What does this say to me?
1. We REALLY care about moisture
2. HFCS is in just about EVERYTHING (processed)
I say throw down your breakfast bars, eschew processed condiments, drink only 100% juice (or better yet, eat the fruit whole), make your foods from scratch whenever possible. It's not as hard as you might think.
We eat this stuff because advertising tells us we need to. And guess what, we don't. So take that, Corn Refiners Association.