In the spoof, one mom is surprised to find another mom serving Juicy Drink at a kid's party. After pointing out that's it contains HFCS, she says: "You know the things they say about HFCS." The other mom replies: "Like what? That's it's made with corn, it's natural enough, and, like sugar, it's fine in moderation." Trouble is, that's almost exactly what the real commercial says, and that's all one big corn-fed lie.
For starters, corn-no, not the corn on the cob we all love on warm summer nights around the barbie-is not your innocent friend but an excuse to bulk-up foods with cheap filler. Sugar in moderation? Yeah, that's fine, but there's nothing moderate about the levels found in HFCS. The good news is that the dangers of HFCS, especially from obesity, are becoming more obvious every day. Thanks to documentaries like Fast Food Nation and Food, Inc. and the writing of experts in the field, such as Michael Pollan, it's getting harder to deceive the American public. If nothing else, when SNL can pull off a gag so easily, you know the game is over.
In the real commercial, the association advises you to check out sweet surprise.com for a "sweet surprise." One of the first things you'll learn is that "in 1983, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration formally listed HFCS as safe for use in food and reaffirmed that decision in 1996." That true-a valuable stamp of approval from the same government that once called margarine, which was filled with trans-fats, much healthier than butter and treats the big-agriculture growers of corn, sugar, soybeans, and cotton to billions of dollars a year in useless subsidies. Why? Has anyone ever heard the term "lobbyist?" Hey, it takes a lot of money to convince everyone that a lethal product is actually good for us-and to do it with a smile.
Watch the SNL spoof at Hulu.com.