Remember Back In The Day & Fructose

Pepsi Deposit Bottles

(Warning, the following post weirdly isn’t sure if it’s about green politics, recycling or man made sugars.)

Back in the day, before the anti-capitolists hijacked the movement (they call it green now), we actually did recycling. Almost everybody participated. Do you remember? One of my first jobs (1978?) was sorting a nearly continuious flow of bottles at the Little Farm Market in West Carrolton Ohio.

Photo’s of historic Woodies Market and Little Farm Market:
Rusty Cans Feb 2011
UrbanOhio.com

I remember, you could recycle metal, newspapers, oil, about anything. We paid our dues to the local boyscout club by collecting paper for recycling. Maybe it was 200lbs every 3 months or something similar. Been going on a long time hasn’t it?

1978 was before HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup). That product started to be pumped into america’s diet in the middle 80’s. According to Wiki’s High Fructose Corn Syrup page “Soft drink makers such as Coca-cola and Pepsi use sugar in other nations, but switched to HFCS in the U.S. and Canada in 1984.” I don’t remember so many people having diabetes back in the day before High Fructose Corn Syrup.

According to many, including DiabetesHealth.com – “However, fructose does not stimulate insulin secretion or require insulin to be transported into cells, as do other carbohydrates.”

According to the Wiki page, Type II Diabetes “is a metabolic disorder that is characterized by high blood glucose in the context of insulin resistance and relative insulin deficiency.”

I try to keep beverages and other products that use HFCS out of my diet. There are many claims that Diabetes has risen in lock step with the increased use and consumption of High Fructose Corn Syrup. I like being able to enjoy real sweets and real sugars too much to risk becoming a diabetic over soda pop. I’ll have water please.

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