Corn Syrup Speech

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October 25, 2007

Has an Alternative Sweet Changed our Past, Present, and Future?


A. Attention-getter- Halloween is a holiday that people consume a lot of candy, and the holidays are right around the corner with more delicious treats. Therefore, it may or may not be a surprised that the average American consumes 150 pounds of sugar a year.

B. Thesis- Today, I am going to talk about high fructose corn syrup, why it is used, and research of how it is affecting us.

C. Significance- Many companies have switched to high fructose corn over pure cane sugar to lower cost. As a result, it may be cheaper for us at the checkout stand, but is it affecting our health and weight.

D. Overview- I am going to discuss what high fructose corn syrup is, the increase in obese Americans, and a few tips to reduce intake of this substance.


3 Sugar Replaces High Fructose Corn Syrup – What is it?

1. Until the 1970s, most of the sugar we consumed came from sucrose derived from sugar beets or sugar cane. Then, high fructose corn syrup began to gain popularity as a sweetener because it was much less expensive to produce.

2. High fructose corn syrup is a thick, gummy substance that is used in our food and beverages, particularly from large soda makers like Coca Cola and Pepsi

3. High fructose corn syrup is made by treating corn (which is usually genetically modified corn) with a variety of enzymes, some of which are also genetically modified, to first extract the sugar glucose and then convert some of it into fructose, since fructose tastes sweeter than glucose. The end result is a mixture of 55% fructose and 45% glucose, which is called "high fructose corn syrup (Mericle).

4. I have a chart to show the rise in obesity in Northern America, fast food chains that are using HFCS in the food they prepare, and how much Coke is saving since they switched...
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