It’s no secret that humans love sweet things to eat. When given a choice, many people would choose to have a piece of chocolate over broccoli. High-fructose corn syrup is a sweetener and added to many foods that we eat to make them more appealing and tasteful. Remove the sweet taste from a soda, chips, or candy bars, and they would probably not be nearly as enticing.
The fact of the matter is not that High Fructose Corn Syrup is a sweetener; it’s the fact that the artificial compound is easy and cheap to manufacture. Hy Fructose Corn Syrup is easy to grow in America. The substance is also a syrup, so it has the consistancy needed for a lot of products, such a sodas and desert treats. If cane sugar were able to grow in most parts of America, and were easy to manufacture into a sweetener, then that would be in every product that we make instead. Here are som High Fructose corn Syrup facts cited for you.
Economics. High fructose corn syrup is cheaper than sugar. Sugar in the U.S. is priced above the world market price due to import limitations set by the U.S. Government at the behest of Archer Daniels Midland an agricultural products manufacturer that produces – high fructose corn syrup.
High fructose corn syrup is made from corn, not sugar cane. This is cheap and therefore easier to make and sell because there is an over abundance of corn in the US. Corn has been subsidized by the United States government to the point where it is grown in such bulk it has lost value. Farmers are producing more corn in the US today than they can sell or eat, so people are finding creative new ways to package and sell corn to the general population. High fructose corn syrup is just one of these, and a product made from corn can be found in virtually every processed food in North America today. If you buy a bag of chips or a bottle of soda and look up some of the ingredients with strange names on the label, you will find that many of these are made from corn. This is a major part of Michael Pollan’s book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, if you are interested in reading more about it.
High Fructose Corn Syrup, or HFCS is relatively cheap in the US. As a result, HFCS has found its way into an amazing number of snack foods and drinks. Despite its sweet taste and affordability, HFCS is harmful for humans. To name a few, HFCS is known to worsen Diabetes, cause Metabolic syndrome, damage your immune system, and speed up the aging process. Another problem is that it has been shown to contain mercury.
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