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Corn Products International, Inc. Profits Up

Corn Products International, Inc., which makes high-fructose corn syrup, outperformed estimates and said that their 4th quarter profits rose 40 percent.  (SOURCE:  Chicago Tribune ) On one hand, I find this surprising, since people seem to be trying to stay away from high-fructose corn syrup.  On the other hand, competing with ethanol demand probably sent prices up a bit.  If ethanol causes the price of HFCS to go up by very much, I would bet that we will be seeing a lot more companies offering "organic" products in the grocery store in the next few years! … [Read more...]

King Corn

Here is a review and a run-down of the movie "King Corn" which devotes a segment to high-fructose corn syrup.  An entertaining documentary which raises a lot of good questions.  One of the biggest, to me, "Why no cameras in the high-fructose corn syrup manufacturing plant????" … [Read more...]

Statistics

1) According to the Corn Refiners Association, per capita U.S. consumption of high fructose corn syrup has gone from .5 pounds per year in 1970 to 59.2 pounds per year in 2005. Which also equate to 2 calories of hfcs consumed daily in 1970 to 200 caloires of hfcs consumed daily in 2005. SOURCE: http://www.corn.org/web/percaphfcs.htm Absolutely frightening.  --------------------------------------- 2) From LookSmart (http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0854/is_7_27/ai_n17207352) : "Refined Carbs and Soda Are Culprits. "We saw a huge upswing in total calories between 1980 and 1997, almost all of it from refined carbohydrates, particularly corn syrup sweeteners," says Lee Gross, M.D., lead researcher of the study. During … [Read more...]