Posted: Oct 24, 2010 12:48 pm
by Nam Dernor
From what I've read, a large factor is not the substance itself, but the economics of it. It's an industrial product easy to create, transport, store, and use in food production, tasty, and produced in huge quantities (like other industrial food products) from corn, which is itself a well understood, highly industrialized crop. Food manufacturers are set up to use it at low cost, and it's profitable for them to convince you to eat food made from what they are equipped to make cheaply. Food products made this way are naturally advertised intensively to boost sales, and people are not bright about buying and eating this stuff, which provides plenty of calories but little of what else belongs in food.