Originally published on Corn Commentary by Cathryn
Love her or hate her, Martha Stewart holds a special place in American culture as the domestic diva who made masses of women contemplate how they cooked, decorated and entertained. From the chickens she tends for fresh eggs to the pies that she bakes from scratch, Stewart epitomizes the foodie movement that seeks to promote a food-centric culture that embraces of-the-moment ingredients and trendy movements.
Guess what Martha Stewart also embraces? Corn Sugar. In a recent edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Stewart responded to a reader’s question on high fructose corn syrup not with baseless food snobbery but instead with scientifically-based evidence that corn sugar is just that – sugar.
Citing the American Medical Association, Stewart succinctly explained that, “high fructose corn syrup does not appear to contribute more to obesity than other sweeteners.” This statement flies in the case of baseless anti-corn sugar campaigns blaming the obesity epidemic on demon corn sugar instead of overeating and a sedentary lifestyle.
If Martha Stewart can eschew the propaganda, so can all reasonable Americans. Anti-HFCS rhetoric is agenda-driven hype in designer clothes. Don’t buy into the slick smear campaign. Add Martha Stewart to the growing list of foodies who know that sound science never goes out of style.