People do seem to love to hate stuffthat tastes good these days.
Sometimes there is a good reason for it, of course,
but sometimes I feel like we’re just giving ourselves a hard time.
比如 小时候 我进过的每间厨房
When I was a kid, for example, every kitchen I ever went into
was full of fat free stuff,
because everybody’s mom had heard on some morning show that
if you eat anything with fat in it, you’re gonna turn into
an overstuffed walrus shaped couch cushion,
so we always date things like bagels slathered in margarine.
有时 我放学回家 吃掉一整盒脱脂饼干
And sometimes I’d come home from school, eat a whole box of fat free cookies.
Because they’re fat free,
it doesn’t matter how many you eat. What?
Why do we even do this?
How do you even make a cookie fat free?
So, now people are eating fatty thingsagain
and I mean thank God.
now I’m good.
At the moment though instead of fat, the new Dark Lord of nutrition is
high fructose corn syrup
and I checked there is no high fructose corn syrup in this corn dog.
People despise it. We’ve gotten so up in arms that food companies
are now kicking it out of their products
and replacing it with all-natural sugar.
To here, a lot of people tell it HFCS, as people have started calling it
to make it sound more chemically,
人们视它为爱 美好 纯洁的敌人
is the enemy of love and all things good and pure
and the sole cause of the obesity epidemic.
Speaking of the obesity epidemic, I did a whole show on that.
you should watch it.
Anyway you know as they say on the internet “Haters gonna hate” .
They say that on the internet or is that is that an urban slang thing?
but do the haters have a valid point and we’ve been doing
我们对此做了研究 事实上 结论不确定
research on this and we’re not quite sure actually.
So, high fructose corn syrup is kind of a wonderful creation really.
It’s extremely inexpensive,
easy to transport, easy to mix intothings.
It made food a lot cheaper,
certainly made every calorie that we eat in America cheaper.
Oh, this is of course all with the help of 40 billion
dollars of subsidies to corn farmers.
for all these reasons and more,
the use of high fructose corn syrup has been skyrocketing since the 1970s
and now if you’re eating something sweet, there’s about
a 50% chance that that sweetness is coming from high fructose corn syrup.
That said on the surface of things.
蔗糖 也叫甘蔗糖 全天然糖 食糖
Sucrose, which we know as cane sugar or all-natural sugar or table sugar,
and high fructose corn syrup are basically the same thing.
They’re both plant-based sweeteners
and on a molecular level, they’re pretty similar.
Both sugar and high fructose corn syrup are made out of glucose and fructose.
Chemically, sucrose is just a glucose molecule and a fructose molecule bonded together,
while high fructose corn syrup is just a mixture of glucose and fructose molecules,
without them being bound together.
但分子归分子 口感上 果糖甜多了
But molecule for molecule, fructose actually tastes a lot sweeter to us
and I should point out that fructose is called fructose
because it’s the kind of sugar that we generally find in fruits.
So, if a high fructose corn syrup is basically just glucose
which is the most common sugar in the universe,
and fructose which is the kind of stuff that you find in apple juice,
how could it be that bad for you?
What makes us so suspicious?
Well, we have this graph right here.
Yeah, that’s the obesity rate in America going through the roof,
right about the same time, that every single product in the grocery store
started getting enhanced with high fructose corn syrup.
And that is a correlation not acausation.
But it is a correlation worth investigating.
For example, some recent studies on rats are beginning to show that
high fructose corn syrup makes the rats way fatter than if they just ate table sugar.
and it’s also raising levels of fat content in their blood.
But there have been a lot of other studies that have shown
no significant change depending on whether you’re eating table sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
One thing however is certain
that high-fructose corn syrup is a lot of what we’re eating these days.
It’s making sweet foods much less expensive,
so the barrier to consuming them is lower
and it is very rewarding to have an ice-cold coca-cola
so there’s a combination of economics, biochemistry, brain chemistry,
and in general, people eating sugar of all kinds
which probably isn’t very good for us.
对了 谁要这个？我买的 但我不想要了
And in the mean times, anybody want these? because I bought them and I don’t want them.
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what it means? what it doesn’t mean?
Check out the description, we’ve got some more information in there.
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