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Honey (Synthetic)

Though real honey continues to be popular in candies, cakes, and other baked goods, synthetic versions of the substance have become increasingly prevalent in recent years, especially in commercially made items. Indeed, many of the breakfast cereals, honey-flavored teas, and sweets consumed today contain a honey-flavoring agent rather than the sugary fluid generated by bees. To provide the sweetness that is characteristic of real honey to these products, manufacturers add significant amounts of high fructose corn syrup in addition to the synthetic flavor. The wide availability and low-cost of this sweetener has caused a certain amount of alarm in the honey industry due to the temptation for sellers of honey that is supposed to be pure to adulterate their products with synthetic versions of the substance.

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