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High Fructose Corn Syrup Peter Holmes. Overview  Chemical Structure  History  Industry Process  Economics  HFCS in the news  Conclusion.

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1 High Fructose Corn Syrup Peter Holmes

2 Overview  Chemical Structure  History  Industry Process  Economics  HFCS in the news  Conclusion

3 Chemical Structure

4 Types of HFCS  HFCS 55  In soft drinks  HFCS 42  Used in baking goods, cereals, etc  HFCS 90

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6 History  First introduced in 1960s  Comparable sweetness to sucrose  Added stability  Safety not brought into question until the 1980s

7 Metabolism  Digested in the same way as sucrose  HFCS provides 4 calories (17 kilojoules) per gram or 16 calories per teaspoon. (same as sucrose)

8 Industry Process

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11 Refinery

12 Economics  Sugar is more expensive in the US  Result of tariffs and lobbying from corn industry in 1970s  Corn is very abundant in united states  Syrup easier to transport and is more stable

13 Why is HFCS in the news?  Harmful to humans?  Possible links to obesity

14 HFCS in news  Obesity study by American Society for Chemical Nutrition, Fast Food Nation  2010 – USC reports soft drinks have “megadoses” of fructose

15 Caloric intake

16 Corn Sugar  September 2010, the Corn Refiners Association petitioned the FDA to allow it to call HFCS corn sugar  May 2012, FDA rejects petition-sugar is a crystalline solid

17 Lawsuits  Sept , ADM, Cargill & Tate and Lyle sue Sugar Association for defamation  "The bottom line is it (high fructose corn syrup) is not a natural product. It is something that is synthesized," he said. "It is not the same thing as real sugar.“- Attorney for sugar group

18 Sugar Refinery

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20 Conclusion  HFCS is not responsible for the growing obesity in the US  HFCS is a cheap, safe substitute for cane and beet sugar

21 Questions?


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