Where do your 42 pounds of corn syrup come from?
You know how people say Americans are gross? Americans are gross. An average one of us eats 42 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup each year. GOOD points out that that's the same weight as six newborn babies (Austin Powers was prescient).
I think at this point, we all know corn syrup is bad, even when it's called "corn sugar." But it sneaks into everything. That bag of sliced bread I bought at the store yesterday? Corn syrup. That tonic water I mixed with gin this past weekend? Corn syrup. And while it's all well and good to intend to eat non-processed food, sometimes you just want to mix a drink without hunting around for artisanal tonic water, which, yes, exists.
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