Currently the ad I find particularly appalling in terms of sheer bullcrappery is this one:
I understand that high fructose corn syrup isn't as blatantly harmful as say cigarettes are, but it is harmful in a less obvious, more insidious way. High fructose corn syrup is a sweetener that is used as a filler and as a food preservative, and is in almost everything edible found on supermarket shelves. If you are eating a natural, whole food diet, you aren't eating high fructose corn syrup.
Just like margarine or saccharine, high fructose corn syrup is a substance not found in nature. And like margarine and saccharine it is ok in moderation. Moderation! Moderation is at the most 12 teaspoons (about 48g) of added sugar per day for a 2000 calorie diet, according to the WHO. Added sugar is any sugar not naturally present in food, such as.... high fructose corn syrup.
This ad makes me bonkers when it comes on. It implies that having the instinct to not want to gum up your system with food additives is somehow wrong, not to mention insulting if you don't have a snappy answer for the annoying know-it-all mom pouring generous helpings of a chemically colored liquid out for the kids.
Anyway, there is something about it all that reminds me of this:
Until they died from lung cancer anyway....