Is Corn Making America Unhealthier?

cornDo you ever think about where it is your food actually comes from? About the industry that supports it? Here are some interesting facts about the food industry that you may not have known before! See how it might change your perspective on what you buy for your family!

Corn

In the US, corn is the most abundant crop. In fact, the US grows more corn than any other country. That may seem like a good thing at first glance, but is it really? It’s really all about perspective! Corn may seem innocent and healthy, but it could just be the cornerstone of why American diets have become so unhealthy!

For example, of the 90 million acres of corn produced each year, less than one percent is sweet corn that people eat. All the rest of that corn is used to feed livestock or processed into ingredients used in other foods you may eat in the form of high fructose corn syrup. This is very cheap to do which has contributed to the low price of food that is not as healthy.

Corn and Cheap Food

Because so much corn is produced so cheaply, it has caused the costs of unhealthy food to go down. For example, the price of soda has gone down by 33% over the last 30 years. However, the price of healthier foods has gone up. The price of fruit, which is more expensive to grow or import, has gone up by 40% in the last 30 years.

Think, too, about what a dollar will buy you today. If you break it down by calories it easy to see why obesity and other diseases related to diet have become so prevalent in the US. 1200 calories worth of potato chips can be bought for a dollar. 875 calories of soda can too. But one dollar will only buy you 170 calories of fruit and 250 calories in vegetables. It makes it apparent when broken down like that exactly why some people opt for food that is unhealthy.

What You Can Do

The first step is knowing exactly where all of your food comes from! Buying local is a great thing to do, as well as buying organic. Pay attention to the ingredients in the foods you buy. A great rule of thumb is that if it has more than 5 ingredients listed, you probably just want to pass it one by!

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