The pioneer ingredient that began the philosophy of corporations "saving money and cutting costs" in the United States of America beginning in the 1970s that led to an increase and creation of certain medical conditions (such as obesity, diabetes, and cancer), artificial preservatives and genetically modified pesticides, mass production, and a conversion to food processing that aims to completely replace and dismiss subsistence farming.
High Fructose Corn Syrup (abbreviated HFCS), first became notoriously famous for it's replacement of Pure Cane Sugar in Coca-Cola, often thought of as a conspiracy
that occurred with the release of the epic fail product New Coke
Today, High Fructose Corn Syrup is used primarily in junk food, fast food, processed meals, sodas, juices, and even food items where sweeteners aren't needed. While some grocers and companies have began reverting back to the use of Pure Cane Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup is still a monopoly and a dominant ingredient in the American food culture.
Did I mention that it's banned in most countries around the world?
Waiter: What would you like to drink?
Foreign Tourist 1: I would like Coca-Cola please.
Foreign Tourist 2: Don't. Coca-Cola in the US is made with high fructose corn syrup. I brought some Mexican Coke
for us to drink with our meals, made with pure cane sugar
Foreign Tourist 1: Fantastic.
Waiter: Want to order a starter/appetizer?