This Saturday Night Live spoof of the Corn Refiners Association commercial, featuring two moms at a birthday party, debating the pros and cons of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), is hilarious. A fruit punch-drinking Mom defends her beverage against criticism: “…it’s made from corn, doesn’t have artificial ingredients, and like sugar it’s fine in moderation.” Oh wait, that quote is from the real commercial. SNL writers didn’t have to reach far to ridicule the CRA’s ad for high fructose corn syrup, in which the party host tells off a concerned parent who doesn’t want her kids drinking HCFS. Check out the spoof and the real deal, below:
In case you find yourself battling over corn syrup at your kid’s next birthday party, here are some talking points to refute a punch-drunk parent’s claims:
a) HFCS is not made from the kind of corn you eat at home. It’s made from corn that’s been genetically engineered to yield huge crops and get sent to a factory to be turned into heavily processed food products.
b) HFCS isn’t all-natural. Strictly-speaking, corn syrup comes from a plant, not a lab. But unlike maple syrup, honey, or agave (all natural sweeteners), it’s not a whole food.
c) HFCS isn’t healthy in moderation. Depending on who you talk to, sugar is either acceptable in small amounts or not acceptable at all. No one every said it was healthy. Natural sweeteners (or naturally sweet foods, like fruit) are typically a healthier alternative than either refined sugar or HFCS, but should also be treated as an exception to the rule of a vegetable-based diet.