(Posted Fri. Mar 27th, 2015)
Farmers, like most Americans, generally view the word sweet in a positive light. When it comes to high fructose corn syrup, this certainly holds true. HFCS not only provides an affordable, safe sweetener option; it provides steady demand for U.S. grown corn.
In 2014, more than one and three-quarters billion dollars’ worth of corn went into the production of high fructose corn syrup.
Accounting for 490 million bushels worth of demand, or approximately 3.6 percent of overall demand, HFCS provides an important market to U.S. corn farmers, and it has for decades. Actually, every year since 1994, HFCS production created demand for more than 450 million bushels of U.S. corn.
Given the benefits this market offers corn growers, it is important that they know the facts about the oft-maligned sweetener. In a society obsessed with the latest fad diets, factual information about food frequently falls to the wayside as well-meaning consumers receive inaccurate information from agenda-driven sources. People have valid questions about food; farmers can provide real, honest answers.
Sweetener, in moderation, is the same nutritionally whether it comes from corn, cane or beet. So take a moment to dive a bit deeper into the nutritional facts behind this important market.
HFCS benefits farmers by providing a steady, sizeable market for U.S. corn. By sharing the facts, farmers can support a market that helps support them.
To learn the truth behind the top ten HFCS misconceptions, click here.