High Fructose Corn Syrup, Swimming Pools, and Judaism

A few years ago I had a little brush with a food industry giant. I had written a positive review of Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma for Tikkun magazine, in which I agreed with his critique of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Soon I got a large package in the mail from a corn industry trade organization (I’ve lost the package so I don’t have their name off-hand). I was tickled that my little article had aroused the giant to acknowledge my existence, and respond to the looming threat to their business when masses of consumers read my piece. In the package were reams of scientific papers showing that I was in serious error. In fact, they claimed, there is nothing wrong with high fructose corn syrup.

What I found interesting about their arguments was Read more