High Fructose Corn Syrup Times

This cartoon has generated predictable comments about being about a “silly” subject. I get it; a lot of people, including many progressives, are opposed to NYC’s proposed measures to cap soda sizes at 16 oz. Never mind that the chief scientist for the American Diabetes Association predicts that up to one in three American adults will have diabetes by the year 2050. And silly me, paying attention to conclusive studies proving that excessive sugar (with sodas being the primary culprit) is killing people.

“Educate consumers, don’t engage in Prohibition!” some readers have commented. Well, education efforts in situations like this don’t work, especially when competing with billions of dollars in marketing from multinationals. Also, the sugary drink restrictions aren’t prohibition — they’re regulation. You’re still free to swig as many 16-oz. Cokes as you like.

This isn’t about “controlling” or “feeling superior to” other people. This is about challenging shifting cultural norms that are being driven by super-sized industry profits. But hey, keep drinking that corporate Kool-Aid! No one’s stopping you.


  • Quiddity

    Love the Fabulous Furry Fructose Brothers. Reminded me of the Feds ‘n’ Heads game that was in Playboy many years ago. Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/unquietwiki Michael Adams

    I wish they had more diet soda options. There’s probably 4-5 different sweeteners out there that could be used in place of HFCS or sugar. A more insidious note: a lot of our crappy food is loaded with sugar and HFCS to mask how bad it is; even “whole wheat bread”

  • mhuhulea

    So your argument, Jen, is that if people can be convinced by “billions of dollars in marketing” to do something that’s “killing” them, then responsible regulators should intervene and impose portion sizes on them? It’s a logical argument, I admit, but only if you believe that people are ultimately powerless to choose. Advertising can only persuade us, whereas regulation actually chooses for us. Don’t you see the difference?

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.