Real Cane Sugar, Beef Without Hormones

Jones cream soda

Real Cane Sugar

Made my every-two-months trip out to Henry’s Marketplace (now Sprouts) in Woodland Hills to pick up their delicious natural beef with no junk in it.  Picked up a cold soda to enjoy on my long ride home and was, as always, delighted with that pure cane sugar taste!  High fructose corn syrup is getting a bad rap, and for good reason.  But the main reason should be for the great taste of real cane sugar!

If you haven’t already, you should check out the Facebook page “The Ban of High Fructose Corn Syrup in the U.S.”  The writer doesn’t just give his opinions; he links you to the FACTS!  It’s discouraging what we’ve been subjected to in the name of cheap food.  Before “corn sugar” becomes a reality, the tide is turning and Americans are screaming for real cane sugar over that chemically produced stuff. Responding to market demand, several big manufacturers have began moving back from HFCS to sugar (sometimes touting their product as all natural). We have the power!

A petition to the FDA was filed in 2010 by the Corn Refiners Association.  It decided to change the name ”high fructose corn syrup” to “corn sugar”, a less threatening name.

Public relations of high-fructose corn syrup

Corn or sugar?

The FDA said No to the corn refiners’ bid. But not because the chemical structure of the two sweeteners are different. Simply because the FDA defines sugar as a solid, dried and crystallized food — not a syrup, which is what HFCS is.  I don’t think the battle is over yet.

And as for beef:  I grew up in Texas (yes, Texans love their beef!) on a cotton, maize, and soybean farm.  My parents didn’t raise cattle, but they would buy a whole cow every year or so from a friend with a ranch in the panhandle of Texas.  Yes, the cows on this ranch were strictly grass fed.  And there was never a worry about contamination or illness from this beef.  I didn’t realize how lucky I was, and the price I would one day have to pay for that same type of beef.

Cows in a beautiful green field Polski: Pasące...

Cows in a beautiful green field

So, as I tell my beef-loving spouse (yeah, he’s Texan, too), I’ll give you beef less often, but it’ll be really good beef!

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