International Sugar Journal

Sugar and high fructose corn syrup consumption shifts: change in tastes or relative prices? [Full subscriber]

Historically, sugar from beets and sugar cane was the world’s main source of sweetener. As sugar prices increased over time, High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), a corn-based sweetener, became a near substitute for sugar. As a result, the use of HFCS increased and sugar use dropped. However, in the United States, since 2002, the per-capita consumption of HFCS has consistently decreased while per-capita sugar consumption has increased. Conversely, Mexican per-capita HFCS consumption has risen and per-capita sugar consumption has declined. Are the shifts in per-capita consumption of sugar and HFCS due to a change in tastes, a change in the…

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