One of the things my mom will say when I tell her I don't want my boys eating certain products is that she fed those products to her kids and nothing bad happened. That’s not necessarily true, but I don’t point out to her that I still struggle with weight issues and still crave a bowl of peanut butter cereal for breakfast rather than a bowl of oatmeal. I tell her that the products she fed me as a kid are different now. The ingredients that are in the foods today just weren’t in there in the 1970s when I was in grade school — ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and other corn-derived ingredients.
I found this infographic from Learn Stuff very interesting. Information like the typical chicken nugget contains 37 ingredients and 30 of them come from corn. This is absolutely going to make me sound old, but when I was a kid, there were no chicken nuggets. Oh, I’m sure somewhere there were chicken nuggets, but McDonald’s didn’t start selling McNuggets in my region until I was a teenager. Before that I’d never heard of a chicken nugget.
The statistics in this infographic are pretty astounding, aren’t they? The amount of subsidies that the corn industry receives that help to create products that the government tells us to consume in moderation because they aren’t good for your health is so counterintuitive. It’s crazy.
If I’m going to eat 31.4 pounds of corn a year, I want it to be in the form of fresh, seasonal, locally grown New Jersey corn on the cob. I don’t want it to be in chicken nuggets, soda and yogurt.
The names of the ingredients that corn is made into sometimes bare no resemblance to corn at all. Caramel color is often made from corn. Citric acid is, too. Dozens of other ingredients, many of which can be found listed at Live Corn Free, all contain some measure of corn.
Infographic courtesy of LearnStuff.com