High Fructose Corn Syrup

Sugar: It Powers the Earth

Since sugar spread from Polynesia a few thousand years ago, the world has been crazy for it. Insanely high prices, wars and even slavery couldn't undo world's need for a sugar fix. Today that fix is responsible for the obesity epidemic facing the West.

The Corn Refiner's Association, the lobby group that represents the huge factory farm conglomerates that brought us high-fructose corn syrup, has devised a genius plan. Since the group is concerned that the general public may be misunderstanding high-fructose corn syrup, they're going to just change its name. Henceforth, high-fructose corn syrup will be referred to as "corn sugar."

High fructose corn syrup gets a bad rap, but is it deserved? Tune in as Josh and Chuck discuss the origins of this ubiquitous sweetener -- and why it's not so sweet for your health -- in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.