In a country bombarded with convenient food options at every corner, it is obvious why Americans opt for the easy way out when it comes to preparing meals. Most choose to forgo the effort of preparing their own meals and instead purchase instant gratification from the nearest fast food location. These quick fixes are also available in grocery stores and retail stores.
The aisles are lined with processed food; the majority of which are made with high fructose corn syrup. The issue of high fructose corn syrup has been covered in the media frequently in recent years. Those that oppose the facts (generally people from the companies producing these processed foods) say that it is no different than regular table sugar and the human body reacts the same to either option.
However, recent studies suggest otherwise. Researchers have found that high fructose corn syrup is related to diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, increased fat storage, and cancer. In relation to diabetes, studies have shown that countries that mix high fructose corn syrup in their foods and drinks have higher rates of the disease.
The United States is the leader in pounds of high fructose corn syrup per person at 55 pounds a year. This puts Americans at a 20% higher risk of contracting diabetes than countries that do not add the controversial sweetener to their foods.
With nutritious food options available, risking bodily wellness with unhealthy food choices to save time in the day or a few dollars simply is not worth it. The negative implications of products like these will inevitably come back for that time and money in the forms of medication and doctor visits.