There are various kinds of television series and movies that never fails to entertain us such as suspense, thriller, fantasy, historical, crime, romantic, comedy movies, and television series, we always find it fun to watch something which has that kind of genre but have you ever seen a series which tells us the history of some particular things that we are using in our daily lives?
You must find my words weird and obviously, you will not believe them easily but you will believe my words because you are here for it, you must have been curious to know about History 101 and that is why you are here to learn more about it. History 101 is an English documentary television series that has 2 seasons and 20 episodes in total, it is Netflix original series and its genre is history as it tells about the history of particular things. The first season was aired on May 22, 2022, consisting of 10 episodes the second season got released recently, and the second season also has 10 episodes in total.
Have you seen all the episodes? The title of the first episode of the first season is “Fast Food”, “The Space Race” is the title of the second episode, “The Rise Of China” (title of the third episode), “Plastics”(title of the fourth episode), “Oil and the Middle East”(title of the fifth episode), “Robots”(the title of the sixth episode), “Feminism” (the title of the seventh episode), “Nuclear Power”(the title of the eight episodes), “AIDS”(the title of the ninth episode), and the title of the last episode is “Genetics”, these are the titles of the episodes of the first season and the title of the episodes of the second season are “GPS”, “MP3s”, “Credit Cards”, “Psychedelics”, “Bottled Water”, “Dating Apps”, “Lasers”, “Home Workouts”, “IVF” and “High Fructose Corn Syrup”.
Have you seen both seasons of History 101? If you have seen them which one is your favorite? Which season do you like the most? Some fans are still having a hard time understanding the concept of this series and the last episode of the second season so we have prepared this article for you if you want detailed information about the ending of History 101.
Are you ready to read the spoilers? Have you seen the ending of History 101 season 2? What are your thoughts about this television series? Are you waiting for season 3?
History 101 Season 2 Ending Explained
History 101 season 2 has come up with different topics and it ends with the topic of “High Fructose Corn Syrup”. As in every episode the topic of ” High Fructose Corn Syrup” has its history and how it becomes beneficial, its losses, and where it is going in the current time. The episode begins with a short clip of BuzzFeed where a group of people on BuzzFeed have a taste test, Mexican Coke vs American Coke. With different opinions in the showdown, Mexican Coke becomes the winner.
The narrator of the show said that High Fructose Corn Syrup has become a controversial ingredient in American Coke for the last four decades. High fructose corn syrup can be found in every aisle of the supermarket in America and in foods we don’t expect. Over 21 pounds of High Fructose Corn syrup is ingested by average Americans yearly.
The US produced 7.6 million tons of High Fructose Corn Syrup in 2020. Americans have consumed 168 million tons of syrup since 1975. But a 2016 study found that 53% of the respondents try to limit or avoid high fructose corn syrup.
In 1971, US President Richard Nixon had a problem. American farmers were struggling and their income had dropped sharply, partly due to rising costs of production. Nixon needed the help of the farmers to win the election so he appointed a new secretary of agriculture who’s an old hand in the farming world, Earl Butz.
Four months before the election, Butz oversaw a huge foreign grain sale, worth $750 million to America’s Cold War enemy, the Soviet Union. Farm income soon spikes. And riding high on the farmers’ approval, in November 1972, Nixon swept to reelection, winning 49 out of 50 states.
In 1973 the food prices soared as the US grain supply was used up. The nation’s key food supply and the largest crop is corn, that year the US produced 40 million Ton of corn. But there was too much corn which became a problem to solve.
In the 1960s Japanese scientists produced a sticky sweetener made from corn. Butz knew that this method can solve their problems and encouraged American producers to start making the syrup on a commercial scale and here the US fructose corn syrup industry was born. In the episode, the narrator then described the process of high fructose corn syrup.
First, there was not much interest from the companies in switching sugar to sweeteners. By 1974 due to the failure of Europe’s sugar beet corp the global sugar demand started to exceed supply. The cost of raw sugar doubled in eight weeks as there was a worldwide shortage of sugar. Companies began to turn their attention to high fructose corn syrup.
By the end of 1974 Dr. Pepper, Sprite, and Fanta started to add high fructose corn syrup to their sodas and they are still holding to it. For corn farmers unfortunately their market advantage doesn’t last long as the sugar crops recover and the price falls down quickly.
In January 1980, President Jimmy Carter made things worse as he decided to penalize the Soviet Union for its invasion of Afghanistan with a grain embargo. The high fructose corn syrup got cheaper as the corn price free fell and it got the attention of the big beverage companies.
In the 1980s coca cola announced that they will substitute 50% of the sugar with high fructose corn syrup in coke.
After Reagan (the 40th president of the United States) introduced restrictive quotas on sugar imports the price of sugar headed north. Once again high fructose corn syrup is the cheapest. More big beverage and food manufacturing switched. High fructose corn syrup started to pop all over the market.
In 1981 an average American eat four teaspoons of high fructose corn syrup every day which made 13.4 pounds of consumption in a year. From baked goods to cereal and wine high fructose corn syrup was everywhere still most consumers were in the dark about what the actual new sweetener is. High fructose corn syrup and regular table sugar are the same in terms of sweetness but it is just different in terms of bonding which makes high fructose corn syrup better than regular table sugar as it extends the shelf life and improves the appearance of the texture of the food.
In 1984 Coca Cola announced that it will shift most of its US products to High fructose corn syrup. By the mid-1980s, Americans got fatter as there was a rise in all kinds of processed food loaded with caloric sweeteners.
By 1985, 20% of people are facing obesity. People pointed the finger at fats rather than sugar for which the high fructose corn syrup industries got no harm and worked pretty well. For food producers, the low-fat diet means fat profits but we just get fatter. By 1989, around 26% of Americans faced obesity. By 1999, obesity levels increased to 36%. Thanks to this high fructose corn syrup, food and drink are now cheap and plentiful but it comes with a cost.
In the early 2000s, an academic study on obesity made an eye-popping connection which raised the question is it really high fructose corn syrup that is responsible for obesity in America? High fructose corn syrup boosted the popularity of processed foods. People gain an average of 500 calories more a day than unprocessed foods.
Adding sweeteners includes adding sugars which promote weight gains and people get fatter. By 2007 high fructose corn syrup got a bad reputation. But stills it remains one of the top sweeteners in the US delivering huge paydays. Corn Refiners Association fights back against bad publicity to keep the profits coming in large amounts.
The Association of Corn Refiners also admits that high fructose corn syrup is no worse for you than any sweetener.