With Halloween right around the corner, many parents may be concerned about the possibility of dangerous substances lurking in trick-or-treat candy, and rightly so! Did you know that many of children's favorite treats contain sugar? That's right. An innocent-looking candy bar can contain huge quantities of calories, putting a child at risk of obesity, and may also increase chances of cavities in youngsters.
Does this mean that you should keep your children home, and not hand out any treats on Halloween? No! You'll be glad to know that there is a safe alternative to cane sugar. It's called High Fructose Corn Syrup. This miracle food additive is just as sweet as cane sugar, but cane sugar is produced in factories through a complex industrial refining process, whereas Corn Syrup comes from a green, living plant. That means you can feel good about letting children have all they want of any candy whose first or even second ingredient is Corn Syrup.
Don't worry if your kids get too full of candy to eat any other kind of food. They'll be doing their best possible duty as consumers. In fact, while you're at it try to serve your family more foods containing corn starch, xanthan gum, polydextrose, and any of the many other fine ingredients derived from corn. Seriously, people need to each more corn products. Our entire economy is based on it! It's great stuff, really. You can even use it as a building material.
Please help us use up corn so that we can keep our federal subsidies flowing, and continue to bring you ever more creative and innovative corn products to enhance your rapidly shortening lives. Hurry! There's not much time left!
Oh yes, as I was saying, keep kids safe this Halloween by choosing treats made with High Fructose Corn Syrup. Together, we can make it a truly corny holiday.
President, Creative Opportunities Research Network Corn Optimization Board
Thursday, October 30, 2008