This is a guest article by Mannie Barling and Ashley F. Brooks

Slowly but surely, food manufacturers are abandoning high fructose corn syrup in their products like rats leaving a sinking ship.  The alarms are sounding, the lights are flashing and more and more companies are heading for the exits.  It’s not pretty.  And, it’s only going to get worse for the industry.

Watching Coke, Pepsi, Gatorade, Sara Lee, ConAgra Foods, Hunt’s Ketchup, Snapple drinks, Pepperidge Farms, Starbucks’ baked goods, Berkeley Farms and now Altadena Dairy’s removal of high fructose corn syrup from their Altadena TruMoo Chocolate Milk is like watching the Captain, First Mate and Radio Operator of the Titanic race to the lifeboats to get off the sinking ship first. Coke and Pepsi have developed their own version of stevia (a natural herb form of sugar) which will soon replace high fructose corn syrup. As we have said, it is not a pretty picture.

Berkeley Farms removed high fructose corn syrup from their milk and chocolate milk drinks because of statewide concerns in California that high fructose corn syrup was contributing to the poor health and obesity of children in public schools.  This was confirmed by tests at UCLA and Princeton Universities.

The question now becomes how many more companies will remove high fructose corn syrup from their products and how soon will they do it.  It’s not hard to do.  All a food manufacturer needs to do is to exchange real sugar (preferably organic) in their recipe for that chemically-treated fake corn sugar, made in a meth-like lab in a vat from Monsanto’s genetically modified Bt corn.

For those that do not understand the process, high fructose corn syrup is made something like this:

“The processing of high fructose corn syrup, (HFCS) includes the use of caustic soda, hydrochloric acid, alpha-amylase, gluco-amylase, isomerase, powdered carbon, calcium chloride, and magnesium sulfate.  Caustic soda and hydrochloric acid can contain traces of mercury.  Chemicals are used to break down the kernels to release the corn starch that goes to make the syrup.”

The process also includes the use of synthetic enzymes.  Among other deficiencies, this chemical process may leave traces of mercury in the high fructose corn syrup.  Hardly natural sugar from sugar cane, is it?

So why are these companies abandoning and removing high fructose corn syrup from their products?  Simon Barrett of Blog Talk Radio asked ConAgra why they removed the high fructose corn syrup from Hunt’s Ketchup.  He also asked them to appear on his show and provide their version of the story.

It took several weeks for a representative from ConAgra to call him back.  I guess it took several weeks for key employees, management and outside consultants to decide on what their answer would be.

They had no answer to his question and ConAgra did not want any of their employees or reps to be on his show to answer any other questions.  It took three weeks and probably many meetings and skull-sessions among executives and their PR people, all earning six-figure salaries, to make the startling decision to make no meaningful comment.

This is akin to the popular joke about how many people does it take to remove a light bulb?  In the end, it only takes one and the rest of the people are just standing around doing nothing.  Such is the case with corporate America these days.

When we confronted this issue in our blog If “(Corn) Sugar Is (Cane) Sugar”, Then the Corn Refiners Association Has Important Questions to Answer about Why the Total Grams of Corn Sugar Are Not Listed on “Nutrition Facts” Portion of Food Labels Such as on Coke, Pepsi and Big Gulps Along Side of Cane Sugar (link here), we were attacked by one of the industry’s posting reps (or a typical industry insider) named “Gus” who unintentionally offered an interesting revelation about how decisions are made in America’s largest corporations:

“Because they are run by the same sort of corporate suit[s] that you hate so much and they are willing to defy all reasonable scientific logic to pander to misinformed public opinion if they think it will make them an extra buck.  Even presidents wives aren’t immune from the latest diet fads and media hysteria and those suits will take full advantage.”

Let’s try and understand this.  Mrs. Obama’s doctor told her that her children were gaining weight and becoming unhealthy and the primary solution offered by him was to stop her children from consuming high fructose corn syrup.  So, according to the Corn Refiners Association, the President of the United States’s family doctor was suffering from “media hysteria” when he told Mrs. Obama to remove high fructose corn syrup from her children’s diets.

I guess that means that Barbara Bush and Laura Bush gave into “media hysteria” when they required the White House kitchen to serve only organic food which would immediately exclude high fructose corn syrup from the White House.  Even the Clinton’s planted an organic vegetable garden at the White House.

Apparently four President’s wives and at least one of their family doctors is suffering from or has suffered from the same “media hysteria”.  I wonder if their husbands had them treated for this “hysteria”.

“Gus” also advances a theory that the “suits” at Coke, Pepsi, ConAgra, Gatorade, Sara Lee, Starbucks and Altadena were so frightened by our blogs, calls from consumer groups and “misinformed public opinion” that they defied “all reasonable scientific logic” in abandoning high fructose corn syrup in their products.  Wow! If you believe this, I have a bridge in New York City I would like to sell you.

If you believe “Gus’s” comments, Coke, Pepsi, ConAgra, Gatorade, Sara Lee, Starbucks and Altadena are so weak-kneed that they abandoned high fructose corn syrup out of fear – not because it may cause or contribute to metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease weight gain, obesity and other critical medical illnesses.

So, according to “Gus”, Coke, Pepsi, ConAgra, Gatorade, Sara Lee, Starbucks and Altadena are “panderers” and “quitters”.  Attacking these companies is against the “good ole boys” rules.  How will the executives of the member companies of the Corn Refiners Association ever play golf again with executives of these companies at Augusta National Golf Club after calling Coke, Pepsi, ConAgra, Gatorade, Sara Lee, Starbucks and Altadena “panderers” and “quitters”?

This is a classic example of how corporate America turns on its own.  Monsanto sued DuPont.  Apple sued Microsoft.  And so on and so forth, much like “begatting” in the Bible.

If high fructose corn syrup, MSG and factory farmed meats continue to pollute our food and environment, it is just a matter of time before someone has to build an arc again and put, not only animals in two by two, but members of the human race.  Two Americans, two Frenchmen, two Indians, two Chinese, etc, etc.

Don’t believe the scientific hocus pocus nor the artful scientific misinformation offered by the Corn Refiner’s not-so-independent scientists that get paid literally millions to produce false and misleading scientific information supplied to advertisers to sell their products.

People around the world are uniting in great numbers to oppose chemically-treated processed foods much like the move toward democracy in oppressed nations.  People of the world also want democracy and freedom from economic oppression from the Octopus-like control of the modern day Robber Barons that call themselves Big Food, Big Pharma and Big Oil, who try to dictate our every move from what we eat to the drugs we take.  Just look at the oil prices for another industry run amok.

Dr. Joseph Mercola’s book, Sweet Deception, points out that there are bee farms that produce honey production in North America by force feeding their bees high fructose corn syrup while keeping them under 24-hour lighting so that they will produce honey year round.  These tactics result in the bees producing a product that is only partially real honey.  The other part of the “honey” is high fructose corn syrup.  Many of the containers of what you think is 100% honey in your grocery store, in reality, contain high fructose corn syrup that is not listed on the product label.

The question is who are you going to believe in this now public argument – the purveyors of corporate greed that will lie, steal and cheat to increase their profits or the small organic American farmer whose sole interest is sustainable agriculture and doing what is best for America.  American organic sustainable farmers are not “eco-terrorists”.  They are the backbone of America and have been for more than 200 years.

Mannie Barling and Ashley F. Brooks, R.N., are the authors of award winning books – Arthritis, Inflammation, Gout, Crohn’s, IBD and IBS – How to Eliminate Pain and Extend your Life (Books and Authors 2010 Best Books in the Health, Diet & Reference Categories) and Mannie’s Diet and Enzyme Formula – A Change of Lifestyle Diet Designed for Everyone (Blogger News Net 2010 Best Health And Nutrition Book Award winner) available at, Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and other booksellers around the world.

The authors’ latest book, It’s Not Your Fault – Weight Gain, Obesity and Food Addiction is now available at, Amazon and booksellers everywhere.

Mannie Barling and Ashley F. Brooks are the co-hosts of Surviving the 21st Century with Simon Barrett on Blogger News Network on Saturdays at 10:00 A.M. PST/1:00 PM EST found at or Blog Talk Radio.

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