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Acolytes of "Food Rules" guru Michael Pollan and other well-meaning foodies who've made corn a scapegoat for the nation's health crises have welcomed a new study from Princeton University that suggests high-fructose corn syrup causes more significant weight gain than table sugar...They reported that rats fed water sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup developed more belly fat and had an increased level of circulating triglycerides, fat's chemical form in the body.
Originally posted by jrod
HFCS is in the majority of products Americans consume, even as a kid I used to read the labels of the food my parents bought. Essentially Americans are forced fed this stuff, alternative products without it tend to cost more. About the only way the sheeple might realize this and stop buying HFCS products is if Oprah were to do a special on it and I don't think TPTB would let that happen. I've even heard reports that there is an effort to make HFCS addicting in hopes of getting the rest of the world hooked.
With all the screams on how health care is socialist, they don't realize that the corn subsidies are about as socialist as we can get, farmers are forced to overproduce corn and it sells for less than the production cost at the expense of the tax payer. It is disgusting with what they get away with and no one seems to notice or care.
Originally posted by Erasurehead
reply to post by TXRabbit
The Pepsi throwback tastes great. Loved it. I am not a big soda drinker but I enjoy a Pepsi sometimes. Did a blind taste test with some friends.
Pepsi throwback made with sugar vs. Pepsi made with HFCS. Everyone chose the Pepsi throwback as the better tasting drink.
If the USDA's food pyramid recommends two to five cups of fruits and vegetables per day, its budget -- mandated by Congress through the Farm Bill -- encourages different behavior altogether.
Under the Farm Bill, the great bulk of USDA largesse flows to five crops: corn, soy, cotton, wheat, and rice. Of the $113.6 billion in commodity subsidy payments doled out by the USDA between 1995 and 2004, corn drew $41.8 billion -- more than cotton, soy, and rice combined. By contrast, apples and sugar beets, the only other fruit or vegetable crops that draw federal subsidies, received $611 million over the same period. (The latter are generally processed into sweeteners.)
The huge corn payouts encourage overproduction, and have helped sustain a long-term trend in falling prices. According to figures from the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization, the inflation-adjusted global commodity price for corn plunged 61 percent between 1983 and 2002. Today a bushel, roughly 56 pounds, fetches about $2.
Cheap corn, underwritten by the subsidy program, has changed the diet of every American. It has allowed a few corporations -- including Archer Daniels Midland, the world's largest grain processor -- to create a booming market for high-fructose corn syrup.
HFCS now accounts for nearly half of the caloric sweeteners added to processed food, and is the sole caloric sweetener for mass-market soft drinks. Between 1975 and 1997, per-capita consumption jumped from virtually nothing to 60.4 pounds per year -- equal to about 200 calories per person, per day. Consumption has generally hovered around that level since.
It's very disgusting when you think of it. It's a chemical.