There is so much conflicting information put out there on what is healthy to eat and foods that will eventually kill you, that it can be hard to know what’s real. I’m doing my best to make sense of it all, but I get tired of the manipulation. My goal is to eat the best foods for my body, do the least damage to the world around me, and support business that don’t just focus on the bottom line.
Recently my TV consumption has been interrupted by a crop of corn sugar ads stating that High Fructose Corn Syrup is basically no different then any other sugar.
I found this clip from the documentary “King of Corn” where HFCS is made at home. Somewhat terrifying…
I have not done all the research on HFCS, but it doesn’t seem like the best thing to be consuming. The more I read labels, the more I realize it is in everything. After changing to a plant based diet I stopped by my favorite market to pick up a veggie sushi roll. To my dismay I found that one of the first ingredients listed on its packaging was HFCS. What the crap? All the roll was comprised of was rice, cucumber, carrot, avocado, seaweed, and sesame seeds. Where were the “extra” ingredients hiding?
I know that the corn industry has had its fair share of bad publicity in the last few years. People seem to be more informed and concerned about genetically modified crops, HFCS, and the subsidization of corn. I stumbled on this NPR Article about the Corn Refiners Association efforts to rename (aka rebrand) High Fructose Corn Syrup due to consumers having a bad impression due to the complexity of its name. I think the thing I’m confused about is how all this happened. When did food become so big and riddled with policy, politics, and profit lines? How to we move forward from this place? Will our lack of a collective movement cost us everything in the end? Slightly dramatic? Yes, but it’s a real problem that will have long lasting effects on everyone. I have no answers but an ever growing list of questions and concerns. Here’s to trying to figure it out.
Much Love, B
A year ago I was living in South Korea, teaching English to children, and working with what would soon be one of my best friends. We had a mutual appreciation and passion for healthy living. I had been tinkering around the idea of adopting a more organic, mindful lifestyle and it was awesome to have someone to process through the perplexing amount of information out there. There are so many ways that you can choose to live and I want my choice to be one that is consciousness and well informed. However, there are so many things to consider. From what food to eat and products to buy, to how to limit consumption and make the world a better place, trying to do right by everyone and everything seems impossible. I know that I have made lots of mistakes and done my part in toxifying the world around me. But times they are a changing.
This is the mark of a new beginning for me. I have been reevaluating where I am in life, what I stand for, and the kind of person that I want to be. It has been a long journey that I’m nowhere close to finishing. I decided to create a space to share what I’ve learned so far as well as connect with other people that are trying to navigate through the facts, the lies, the media manipulation, and false advertising.
I’m looking forward to posting regularly about the resources, documentaries, books, blogs and products that have helped me on my path. I hope you take the time to share your stories and experiences too. Feel free to email me at theurbangranola @ gmail.com. Here’s to a new season of life.
Much Love, B