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High Fructose Corn Syrup and Childhood Obesity
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High Fructose Corn Syrup and Childhood Obesity
Introduction
High consumption of fructose such as corn syrup is uniquelya predictive factor of obesity among children. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2012), the obesity rate among all children and adolescent aged 2-19 years old is approximately 17% or 12.5 million. Obesity, which is a multifactorial health problem, is one of the greatest concerns of country; our attitude and habit on food consumption are clearly part of this predicament (Bray, 2007).
High-fructose corn syrup has widely used in many foods and beverages as an alternative liquid sweetener. It was used as a replacement for sucrose which is derived from sugar cane or sugar beets. The popularity of high-fructose corn syrupis due to some technological problem in certain application of sucrose. The technological issues of sucrose were hydrolysis in acidic system; it alters the sweetness and flavour characteristics of a product; and the need to dissolve its granules in water prior being used in many applications. There were also political and climatic instability of sugar cane since it is traditionally grown in equatorial regions. This resulted to fluctuation on the availability and price of sugar (White, 2008).
Uses and Benefits of High-fructose Corn Syrup
The wide availability of high-fructose corn syrup is evident in most of our foods and beverages. The beverages that use this alternative sweetener are soft drinks, juice drinks, and carbonated drinks. It is also extensively used in processed foods such as canned fruits, sauces, soups, condiments, and baked goods. Industries of dairy product also use high-fructose corn syrup in products such asyogurt, eggnog, flavoured milks, ice cream, and other frozen desserts. Many countries had found…...

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