Really, what is so bad about High Fructose Corn Syrup? Weeks ago, I was seeing these advertisements about Popsicles and the goodness — or at least not-bad-ness— of High Fructose Corn Syrup. Then Time/CNN came out with this report, in which experts say, essentially, the sweetner gets an undeserved bad rap. No, it’s not great for you, but it’s no worse than, say, table sugar. One even calls the evils of High Fructose Corn Syrup an "urban myth". So why, then, is Jason’s Deli giving the sweet ingredient the boot completely, thereby contributing to the bad rap the High Fructose Corn Syrup industry was spending lots of advertising dollars trying to defy.
Last night I saw this sign in the Mockingbird Lane Jason’s Deli window: “We’ve excused High Fructose Corn Syrup from the Table,” it read. Huh? Then, sure enough, this morning I heard it on the news. Say the eateries’ owners, this removal of High Fructose Corn Syrup is a huge undertaking, and part of an all-new healthier menu.
Here’s what I don’t get — my studies (rudimentary at best I admit) about the so-called dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup cite its relation to obesity. OK, so high calorie foods, whether “naturally” occurring or processed, in high doses, cause obesity. (Duh.) So could this mean the all-you-can eat salad bar (rich with calorie packed croutons, dressings and breads) and the FREE after-dinner ice creams go to, so as not to encourage overindulgence which contributes, more than anything else, to obesity?
Don’t get me wrong — I love Jason’s Deli, the free ice cream, and especially the salad bar. But this “Excuse High Fructose Corn Syrup” thing, I think, is a gimmick.
By the way, they haven't removed the evil syrup from drinks, but they are considering it. Cast your vote on the matter here on the Jason's Deli site.