The Parallels Between Synthetic Opiates and High Fructose Corn Syrup

High Fructose Corn Syrup and synthetic opiates have many similarities in metabolism, marketing, and impact on the epidemics of obesity and addiction.

Over the last three decades, two health crises have simultaneously overwhelmed modern America: obesity and addiction. The rise of both and a driving factor of each – opioids for addiction, and sugar for obesity – can be traced to two similar inventions, the creation and proliferation of synthetic opiates, and the promulgation of high fructose corn syrup. However, these two products are not only similar in how they have been marketed to consumers, but in how their chemical architecture metabolizes in the human body.

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