A Little Common Sense, Please

| 3/18/2015 5:01:00 PM

Karrie SteelyThe other day I wrote a blog that included a homemade recipe. One of the ingredients in my recipe was 1/2 cup corn syrup. Based on the reaction I got, you would think that I had suggested something unspeakable had to be done to baby Harp Seals in order to procure the corn syrup. Many people responded negatively to the blog because of this ingredient. Honestly, I was a little shocked.

I also occasionally use butter in my recipes and on my bread (gasp! I eat wheat bread! Granted, homemade, whole-wheat bread from homegrown wheat, but … WHEAT!) I used it when everyone said it was bad for you, and I’m still alive. And now it is “common knowledge” all over the Internet that butter is … yes … good for you in moderation. It said so on the Internet, so it must be true.

No high fructose corn syrup | courtesy SpeakingOf.info 

Photo: courtesy SpeakingOf.info

With the advent of the world wide web, people seem to have become more polarized in their viewpoints. You can find support for any argument on the Internet that is "researched" and “written by experts.” It’s hard to sort out what is true and what isn’t. Try it. Take a current hot-button issue. Look up arguments supporting it. Look up arguments against it. There is compelling evidence on either side. What it boils down to is that we all tend to choose what we want to believe, and then proceed to find information that supports our viewpoint. I’m certainly guilty of this, too. But I try to dig below the surface a little more. And, upon finding hard facts, my mind has been changed on more than one occasion.

I’m a freelance writer, so I do a fair amount of research on the Internet. Here are a few methods I use when trying to find facts on a given subject.

4/18/2015 7:03:25 AM

My grand parents lived well into their 90's, and from a farm background. Fried foods, lard, butter raw whole milk, bacon, Karo syrup with butter and dry bread for a late night snack. The first time my own kids spent the night and 'Grammies' house they came home with tales about how 'funny' the popcorn tasted, I had the good sense to ask if Pap (Grandpa) had made the popcorn, When they said yes I laughed and informed them the Pap used bacon grease to pop his popcorn because it was already sitting there on the stove in a little crockery jar. I think we all need to slow own, like you have said, before we just jump on whatever bandwagon is coming along. Most of those bandwagons have a commercial motive if we dig deep enough.

3/20/2015 3:16:07 AM

Thank goodness for the intelligent conversation!

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