High-Fructose Corn Syrup: The "Dark Lord" of Nutrition

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) can be found in many of the things people consume—yogurts, baked goods, canned goods, condiments, and beverages. An enlightening video explores high fructose corn syrup and its bad reputation. The narrator discusses what HFCS is and looks at the data backing up the claim that HFCS causes obesity. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Challenge classes to list all of the products in their homes that contain high fructose corn syrup and compile a comprehensive list to discuss
  • At 2:50 in the video, the narrator speaks of correlation vs. causation; pause the video here to explain the difference and what this means
Classroom Considerations
  • Content and video is appropriate for middle and high school learners
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Video is less than five minutes, making it easy to incorporate into any lesson
  • Narrator references related video on obesity and provides a link
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