After I'd seen Super Size Me, I gave up eating potatoes altogether. I already avoid fast food at all costs, but I still ate the occasional french fry. But I decided that potatoes were only tasty when smothered in fat and salt, which makes them unequivocably bad for me. I know, you can have a baked potato, or mashed potatoes, but I never really liked those enough to actually order them in a restaurant, let alone make them myself. Really, I only ate not-so-bad-for-me potatoes when someone else cooked them for me. Additionally, they're not very nutritious, except for their starch value, and I already get plenty of starch. So except at Thanksgiving and when someone cooks them especially for me (it would be rude to refuse!), I've given up potatoes completely. I'm starting to think corn is just as bad.
High fructose corn syrup is evil, I knew that already, though I didn't quite know the details. I'm going to read up on the effects of fructose on my body, and report at a later date. But what spurred this is an NPR piece about food choices that told about the effects of corn agriculture on the environment and our country. Basically, because the government subsidizes corn farmers, their practices have become less sustainable and more harmful in terms of waste production and carbon usage. It's very compelling, and I recommend it. I think it's enough to make me give up corn (except on the cob, from a local small farmer). Now I'm going to have to read all the labels and eliminate HFCS completely. (I already don't drink soda, but apparently it's in a lot of other foods, too.)
Good news for the casual blog reader: I think I'm going to stop posting my book reviews. I've been doing it mainly to keep track of the books I read, and it's not even very functional about that, since the Blogger search function seems to be more of a defunction. Instead, I've downloaded this lovely new program, Books, which I'll use to catalog the books I read, and keep my reviews. This means they won't be available on the web. If that disappoints you, leave a comment and I'll post my reviews on All Consuming for ya.