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aimenathan_Eng102_unit2revised - December 26, 2010 Dear...

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December 26, 2010 Dear Professor Becker, The process of writing this essay was something that expanded my knowledge that I previously knew about, but not as deep. This has been a personal thing for me. I read the labels on packages and research information all the time to ensure that I am getting the best and putting the best in my body. I dislike how much consumers have been misinformed by marketing and the media, all for the benefit of their bank accounts. I wanted to show a causal argument with this topic. Sincerely, Nathan Aime
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Nathan Aime David Becker English 102 26 December 2010 Sweet Surprise Like most Americans, I was under the impression that food meant for human consumption had to pass through a rigorous process under the auspices of the Food and Drug Administration, to ensure the safety of our health and well-being. It seems only natural that most consumers would tend to believe that a government agency would have the best interest of its citizens in mind. However, as investigation would subsequently reveal, this is not always the fact of the matter. About a year ago, while out shopping for groceries, one of the items I needed was ketchup, a rather innocuous item by anyone’s standard. Looking at the various brands on the shelves, as I had no particular preference, one brand set itself apart from the others as it had the words “No High Fructose Corn Syrup” boldly and prominently displayed on its’ label. It was the only brand of ketchup in the entire section with this connotation. My curiosity was piqued as to the significance of the disclaimer, having never heard the term previous to this. Examining the ingredient labels of all the other ketchup brands available at this store revealed that each of them did indeed have this substance listed. Just what was this mysterious ingredient and why was not having it as an ingredient worth noting in such an eye-catching fashion? The thought of it being a marketing ploy of some sort to promote sales immediately crossed my mind. Later that afternoon, after returning home, some research via the internet would divulge that this unusual ingredient, high fructose corn syrup, was a sweetener. Innocent enough, or so it
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would seem, except that there was a considerable amount of information from numerous studies and opinions stating that: high fructose corn syrup is a contributing factor of obesity. A “contributing factor of obesity” and yet the Food and Drug Administration allowed it to be used. It certainly didn’t seem to a substance that any health-conscious person would really desire to be
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aimenathan_Eng102_unit2revised - December 26, 2010 Dear...

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