I’ve blogged about the damage caused by US food subsidies before, and have also mentioned my dislike of the prvelance of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). Here is the best summary I’ve seen to date on the topic and why HFCS is likely to cause our children’s generation to have a SHORTER life expectancy than ours (when ours is already lower than that of other developed nations!).
In summary, HFCS is twice as sweet as table sugar, encourages your liver to release fat into the bloodstream, and tricks you into feeling more hungry than you actually are. Sounds like a recipe for obesity, doesn’t it? Avoiding it is harder than you think–most processed food has it because, hey, it’s cheaper than imported beet or cane sugar. Even non-dessert items like bread, cereal, yogurt, and kethcup have it and one cola has more than your entire day’s allowance of sugar.
Until America’s Neanderthal food regulations catch up with what modern science/medicine and ban or at least regulate the inclusion of HFCS into foodstuffs (especially those marketed to children, hint, hint!), you might do well to read the label and avoid HFCS.