Videos: High-Fructose Corn Syrup Commercial Spoofs

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If you’re like me, you were disgusted by those high-fructose corn syrup commercials that came out a few months ago. They were paid for by the Corn Refiner’s Association.

In June 2008, CRA launched a 18 month, $20 to $30 million public relations and advertising campaign “to convince consumers that HFCS [high-fructose corn syrup] isn’t the evil it has been made out to be,” reported the Wall Street Journal. CRA ran ads in more than a dozen major newspapers — under the banner “time for a little food for thought” — stressing that HFCS has the “same natural sweeteners as table sugar and honey.” Source: Sourcewatch

Here’s one of the original ads:

Do they really think we are that stupid? Apparently we are, since the average American eats 60 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup per year. That’s over a pound a week!

High-fructose corn syrup has infiltrated the food supply and is in just about everything these days, from the obvious things like soft drinks and candy to the not-so-obvious like lunch meats and bread, ketchup and mayo, and cough syrup and crackers (Kate of the Accidental Hedonist blog has a whole list of foods containing HFCS.)

I found some funny spoof ads on YouTube and thought you’d love a good laugh on a Friday afternoon. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

This first one is brand new, made by Aaron Woolf, Curt Ellis, and Ian Cheney, creators of the documentary film King Corn, (if you haven’t seen King Corn, Netflix it already — it’s genius!):

This next one is a little lacking in terms of production values, but I just LOVE the guy’s response. You have to watch it — I laughed!

Here’s one with a kid who freaks out when his sister takes a bite out of an apple, because it doesn’t have high-fructose corn syrup in it, telling her that she needs to “do her part for the Corn Refiner’s Assocation”:

Lastly, I love this one, which visually underscores that HFCS is in EVERYTHING:

This is what I love about the internet — the fact that the average person can use tools like YouTube and blogs and Twitter and Facebook to call bullshit on industrial food propaganda.

Just say NO to high-fructose corn syrup!