Food Assumptions: Everything the Food Industry Does Not Want Consumers to Know

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People often take in information without thinking about what it means or how valid it is. People also tend to consume food and beverages without thinking where it came from or how it was produced. The well-known saying, “do not believe everything you see and hear” is something more people should consider more often when thinking about the production and consumption of food in America. The American public is misinformed on many topics in the food industry. This can be compared to the message that the book, Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James Loewen, delivers about how the public is deceived in regards to history. One specific food lie is how the Corn Refiners Association wants the public to believe that High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is…show more content…
Would the Corn Refiners Association like to admit to the public that according to Princeton University research, HFCS prompts weight gain more than table sugar normally would, even when overall caloric intake is the same? The study found that “compared to animals eating only rat chow, rats on a diet rich in high-fructose corn syrup showed characteristic signs of a dangerous condition known in humans as the metabolic syndrome, including abnormal weight gain, significant increases in circulating triglycerides and augmented fat deposition, especially visceral fat around the belly. Male rats in particular ballooned in size: Animals with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained 48 percent more weight than those eating a normal diet” (Parker). Therefore, the Princeton research supports that over-consumption of HFCS is a factor in the obesity epidemic America is facing today. The Corn Refiners Association is not pleased with these facts and instead of going back to fix the issue and ensure the safety of the consumer, they instead refuse to acknowledge this research. One reason the Corn Refiners Association can get away with this is that so much is quickly assumed and accepted by the American people in the high-paced lives they lead. To continue, Loewen asserts, “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence” (Loewen 97). This important quote emphasizes the fact that just because the textbook authors or the food industry decides to leave out information,

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