Product placement ruined ending of Mad Men

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I am so angry! I feel cheated. I feel betrayed.

I think I feel stupid more than anything. What did I expect?

A show that was filled with emotional, nostalgic product placements ends with a “Kumbaya” version of a soft drink commercial!

I am such a sucker.

Harmony?

Perfect harmony? With whom? With what? Certainly not humans. And certainly not the environment.

Um, let’s talk about high fructose corn syrup which is highly-processed from mostly GMO corn. This GMO corn is subsidized by the United States taxpayers who have no say in the matter (I have come to the conclusion that it is an illusion that we have any influence on our government).

See this article published on AmericanBar.org for definitions and descriptions of the controversy surrounding the biotech industry, GMOs, and the FDA’s role in regulating (or not regulating) genetically-engineered food crops.

While most people know on some level that corn syrup and HFCS are bad for them (because the starch in corn is a complex carbohydrate which is then highly processed to become monosaccharides or fructose), they continue to consume products that contain them. they are in so many processed foods. It is nearly impossible to NOT consume HFCS.

The FDA has a page explaining HFCS and corn syrup. They have found no safety issues with either product.

Is HFCS addictive? Canadian scientists believe it is, at least in rats.

Is HFCS responsible for the global obesity epidemic? This article suggests that it might be a component of obesity, at least in rats.

When talking about the effects of HFCS on humans, there are articles like this one:

The effects of high fructose syrup by Moeller et al.

and this one

Mineral balances in humans as affected by fructose, high fructose corn syrup and sucrose by Ivaturi and Kies.

Whether you love eating highly processed foods or not, I think we can all agree that putting that soft drink commercial from 1971 at the end of Mad Men was really tacky.

Oh, and the need to find Peggy a man? That’s a whole ‘nother blog post.

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