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Saturday, January 21st, 2012 08:17 pm

I have two sets of ingredient lists for you (one a little more detailed than the other).  These are not quite comparable, because the first is a liquid product, and the second is a powder to be made up with water.

Here's list one:

Water, Corn Syrup Solids, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, and/or Cottonseed Oil, (Adds a Trivial Amount of Fat), and Less Than 2% of Sugar, Modified Cornstarch, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Caseinate, (Milk Derivative), Not a Source of Lactose, Color Added, Artificial Flavor, Mono And Diglycerides, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Carrageenan, Salt, Betacarotene Color.

Here's list two:

43.2% corn syrup solids, 14.6% soy protein isolate, 11.5% high oleic safflower oil, 10.3% sucrose, 8.4% soy oil, 8.1% coconut oil.

I think we can agree that neither of these looks exactly what you'd call a healthy food, right?  You probably wouldn't like to live on either one.

I'll give you a hint: The second is one I just saw in a video I watched, and thought, "Hey, that looks a hell of a lot like the ingredient list for [first product]."

Any guesses?  We can pretty much ignore all the "less than 2%" fractions in the first list.  We're left with corn syrup, oil, and in list two, a little bit of sucrose and soy protein. The sodium caseinate might give a clue as to what product 1 is.

OK, I'll give. The first is non-dairy creamer. You're probably now thinking, "Ewww!  No KIDDING I wouldn't want to live on that!"  Right?  And you probavbly wouldn't want your kids to live on an exclusive diet of it either, would you?

So, are you ready to learn what product #2 is yet?

Yup...

...It's milk formula for babies.

Think about it.

Oh, the video?  It's this one, from Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology.  Watch it.  Then think about this, too.

(I tried embedding it, but even though the embed URl was right, what actually showed up in my post was the cover of the Who's "Who's Next".  WTF?)