06-15-2012, 02:54 AM
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Join Date: Jun 2011
Originally Posted by Kamarling
While I don't see this as a psi related subject, I'll add these comments because of the serendipity of watching a TV program on this subject last night.
The BBC ran a documentary last night about high sugar/fructose levels in food. A man from Coke was interviewed and though I don't remember him mentioning "New Coke", he did say that there was a decision to move from sugar to fructose because it was 30% cheaper. The point the program was making was that this enabled the food industry to introduce more sweet stuff (fructose), bigger containers (like the buckets of coke you see in the US), and that this coincided with data showing a steep rise in obesity. As the US food industry expanded its marketing worldwide, similar patterns were seen in other countries: the UK, for example, now has similar obesity levels as the US.
While, at no point, was this presented as a conspiracy, it did highlight an industry chasing profits at the expense of the health of their consumers ... just like the tobacco industry.
HFCS is cheaper in the US where they can grow corn easy. In South America they use Sucrose since beets and sugar cane grows well and makes that cheaper. HFCS is only off by a little bit (55/45 vs. 50/50) on the two monosachrides. Your body breaks the glucose-fructose apart in sugar and then converts the fructose to glucose to be used. In HFCS the monosacrides just are not bonded together and there is a little more fructose.