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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #11)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 10:22 AM

27. Funny... I'm not against HFCS, but I think our goals might have converged...

(With climate science, I'm totally on board. I can go to the NOAA and know that my tax dollars paid for the reports by government scientists that have triple-checked the climate data with the best qualified minds in the world. Sadly, when it comes to HFCS, I have not done the same. I have not checked the FDA or CDC nor have followed any research on the topic... I'm in the dark. Anyway... that's why I cannot form a position on HFCS, yet... but... read on...)

... You see, I feel that one of the big problems with health in the US as related to obesity and diabetes is that companies wantonly use sugar to hook people. It doesn't matter if it is cane sugar, beet sugar, HFCS, or sugar from seaweed --- You drink 8oz of any of it umpteen times a day from when you are 5, you'll be diabetic by the time your a teen... Have it in too many foods and you'll be obese).

High levels of sugar with high levels of salt result in about the same flavor as less of both (because they kind of cancel each other out)... but I think that the body notices the high level of sugar charge in the food and gets us subconsciously hooked to that food. (The brain just records "calories per gram in that thing I ate was much higher than expected and higher than X other things... must make note to eat more of it!"... It's an evolutionary adaption in all animals, I believe).

HFCS have replaced cane and beet sugar in most foods.
It's because it is crazy inexpensive.
Everything is tooled for HFCS.

Well, with that said:

* Corn prices go up.
* HFCS goes up because corn prices go up.
* Too costly to retool for cane or beet sugar.
* Retooling and then paying the higher price will turn off most CEOS.
* Cheaper to just reduce the amount of sugar in the product to maintain profits.
* Oh... and that means they'll have to reduce the salt too to keep the flavor balanced.

... wait for it...


Win win.

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