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|Farming, Economy, Corn Sugar Focuses of Grocery Race
|An ingredient in many of the grocery items you buy at the store is one the Knox County Farm Bureau and the Knox County Corn Growers say isn't bad for you at all.
"There are a lot of misconceptions about corn sugar."
That's Knox County Farm Bureau Director Kelly Wagahoff, Her office was one of the hosts of a race down the aisles of the East Main Street Hy Vee store Friday marking the end of "Food Check-Out Week." Two groups of racers representing Galesburg radio station FM 95 were tasked with trying to get as many items on a list of groceries as possible in a short amount of time. Many of those groceries list corn sugar as an ingredient.
Corn Growers Secretary Andrew Bowman tells WGIL the rap on corn sugar isn't all that sweet.
"People talk about high fructose corn syrup being bad for you, or worse than regular sugar," Bowman said. "It's no different. It comes from corn grown in the fields right here in Knox County in many instances. It has the same amount of calories as sugar. A tablespoon has about 4 calories per serving. It's no different, and it's something that's grown her ein the midwest."
The groceries picked out during the race were donated to the FISH Food Pantry. The race was one of a number of ways the Farm Bureau celebrated Food Check-Out Week, which is also a way to emphasize, officials say, that you make enough money in two months to pay for your entire year's food supply.
(FM 95's Ted Bevenour and Food Check-Out Race partner Julie Butler of Cameron go over their list of grocery items prior to Friday's race.)
(Participants get off the starting line in Friday's Food Check-Out Race. WGIL News Story by Will Stevenson. Photos by Rick Heath.)
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