The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) compiles data for the per capita consumption of *high fructose corn syrup (hfcs). They estimate 2006 consumption was 41.5 lbs per year (other studies report a much higher annual use – anywhere from 50-62 pounds). The USDA also reports per capita sugar consumption in 2006 was 44.5 lbs per year.

Using their numbers, the combined per person intake of hfcs and sugar per year in the US is 86 pounds! Does anyone wonder why we have an obesity problem? Is the USDA partly responsible for this epidemic? How much of that corn is genetically modified?

If you haven’t already, read “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.” You’ll never look at corn (or food for that matter) the same.

*Introduced in the 1970’s, high fructose corn syrup is a sweetener made from corn. It is used in tens of thousands of processed food products, especially soft drinks and fruit juices.