Real sugar is more expensive than High Fructose Corn Syrup, and so that's why almost all soft drinks contain HFCS instead of real sugar.
And High Fructose Corn Syrup is more unhealthy for you than real sugar, and too much of it is a cause of obesity.
So when you're buying drinks that are supposed to be made out of real fruit juice from the stores, look at the ingredients. If you see High Fructose Corn Syrup, you'd be better off avoiding that product. Same goes for all other food products. You'd be amazed at the number of products with high fructose corn syrup. Look up the ingredients of all the McDonald's food and you'll be shocked by how much of it these people use in their food.
Suzy: "You're slowly killing yourself, pal. That stuff is just full of High Fructose Corn Syrup. Driking that every day is definitely not a good idea. I had a friend who did that and she got a nasty kidney stone, and was warned she might get diabetes. If you're drinking it every other day or something, and you're doing some exercise, it's not so bad. But every day, plus you always sit on your ass in front of the tube, uhuh, bad idea dude."
Bill: "thanks for the heads-up. I'll try to cut down on the bubbly stuff."
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 in 1985.
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?
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?