Corn: Food of the Nation

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Lew Rockwell, perhaps influenced by a certain person on this blog, on the LewRockwell.com blog:

As more and more Americans wake up to the dangers posed by high-fructose corn syrup—promoted by the feds through massive domestic farm subsidies and protectionism against Cuban sugar—the political corn industry wants to change the name of its federal product. There is a massive ad campaign going on now to convince us all it’s just “corn sugar,” and no different in any way from sugar sugar. But cane sugar is the only caloric sweetener that makes any health or taste sense. Just drink a Mexican Coke as versus an American one. And it is great to see Pepsi Throwback, which also uses real sugar. Of course, for non-caloric sweeteners, only stevia and Splenda, not the evil aspartame, make health or taste sense. But how about some stevia or Splenda-sweetened Coke or Pepsi?

I’d like to point out that it has been a long time since corn was declared “the food of the nation.” This is a U.S. Food Administration propaganda poster from 1918:
In fact, this was also a time before Big Agra had its grip on food policy and healthy fats were demonized by the food and medical establishment. Here’s a U.S. Food Administration poster from 1917.

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10 Responses to Corn: Food of the Nation

  1. Iluvatar says:

    September 21st, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    So Lou has been reading M Terry’s comments?

    Coolio!

    (my other guess would have been you, Karen)

    PS: after reading Mercola’s site on sugar, I guess I couldn’t recommend dietary sweeteners either. I guess I get my sugar fix by eating frozen peas (thawed) or snaps, pearl onions, and garbanzos. Suckers are loaded to the gills and are really sweet.

    PPS I am still reeling from the shock when the FDA caved in to Big Corn and called that toxin HFCS “natural” (2007?). That ended any trust I had in them (as well: Canola is “natural” omg).

  2. Todd S. says:

    September 21st, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    I personally have blunted my paleo-ness of late. I do partake of corn every so often, and white rice. I still avoid wheat like the plague as I find it gives me heartburn (and hives). I would say the corn and rice only comprise 1 or 2 servings per week though, and they aren’t things I necessarily seek out. Just things I don’t mind eating if presented with them.

  3. Iluvatar says:

    September 21st, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    @ Todd S:

    It ain’t about eating raw corn – hell we ALL cheat!

    It is about the degree that’s all.

    Dude!

    I still eat the equivalent of about 4 pieces of bread per week (and when it is bread, it is 15-grain Pepperidge Farm (sp???) loaded up w/ KerryGold butter).

    I was going to say that another “vegetable” that is truly sweet (RAW!!) is corn on the cob!

    When we make this, I shuck the corn, stick it into a bowl, then heat some butter.

    Dip & eat! (But dude, I’m corn-fed Ohio beef, man)

    Just a cool cheat – we have about 2 times a year.

    But then, we follow another mantra: “Everything in moderation, including, at times, moderation itself”

    When we have finished that “prayer”, we abs’y do a GORGE (hahahahahaha)!

    Hmmmmm… this week’s Jambalaya is looking real good right now…

    Just a thought

    The real issue is the absolute AVOIDANCE of HFCS – `nother animal entirely. It isn’t “corn” & it isn’t fructose.

    It IS a frickin’ TOXIN!

    And it is in about EVERY PROCESSED FOOD you buy.

    This cute little toxin has the same digestive pathway as ALCOHOL ==> LIVER!

    It is not only responsible for our obesity crisis, but for our young, it will be the segue into cirrhosis of the liver.

    Please avoid that stuff at all costs!

    This stuff, dubbed by the FDA-quacks as “natural”, is a POISON!

    Done

    Quack.

  4. Iluvatar says:

    September 21st, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Oh for Pete’s sake

    In the first post above “Lou” should have been spelled “Lew”.

    Jeeze loise, I read your blog every day, man!

    You spell your name “Llewellyn”, “Lew” for short.

    Please accept my apologies if you actually read this site.

    I am so ashamed (very red in the face too)…

  5. liberranter says:

    September 22nd, 2010 at 2:57 am

    Mmmmmmm, Type 2 Diabeteeeeees!

  6. liberranter says:

    September 22nd, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Oops! My previous submission should have been enclosed thus:

    {HOMERSIMPSONVOICE}{/HOMERSIMPSONVOICE}

    (Reminder to self and other wanna-be web humorists: HTML tag angle brackets, like other hypertext tags, even those made in jest, don’t show up on a web page. D’OH!!)

  7. Elisabeth says:

    September 25th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Ugh!  Everything that is pushed we can’t even eat at our house:  corn (digestion), soy (inflammation), pasteurized milk (digestion).  But we can eat animal fat and raw milk. Those items don’t make us sick.  So, there ya go!  

  8. clark says:

    September 27th, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I was drinking the bottled Coke from Mexico to avoid the hfcs, but someone along the supply chain line put stickers on the bottles saying they may contain hfcs, or it may not, so there seems to be no way to tell WTF is in the bottle.

    Once they change the name of hfcs to corn sugar, I wonder if they’ll remove the stickers?

    P.S.
    I noticed your facebook friends list is full, are you going to get a, “like” page so people can keep up that way?

  9. Iluvatar says:

    September 27th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    what is facebook?

    Just joking clark, from an anti-tech boy…

    STILL do not own a cell phone (chest buffed out, chin out, shoulders at ready for battle) LOL! (now it is an uncontrollable giggle…)

  10. Iluvatar says:

    September 27th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    @ Elisabeth:

    Then can you do your part @ educating other soccer/pool Moms?

    Tell them the evils of HFCS & regular milk and the benefits of saturated fats from beef, real butter, cheese, & as well, raw vegetables?

    When I talk to them (both as a coach as well as pool cat), 50% roll their eyes.

    I have never seen such unthinking “herd animals” before (I can tell that `cause they all dress the same and drive the SAME minivans!!!!! hahahahahaha!)

    Can we say “baaaaaaah”?

    Frickin’ ovines.

    But it is important afterall.

    This summer, a pool Mom was talking about eschewing fats from beef. I didn’t interupt (SURPRISE!!!), but I felt sorry for her kids – but they looked OK.

    STILL!

    The message must come thru!

    Good luck, god speed…

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