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Fear of HFCS.

Does high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) promote obesity more than ordinary table sugar, as a recent study contended? In a word, no. Here's why:

* Not much difference. Most HFCS is roughly half fructose and half glucose. Sucrose (table sugar) is exactly 50-50.

* Similar soft drinks. The increased consumption of soda pop, which is usually sweetened with HFCS, helped expand the nation's waistline, but sucrose-sweetened soft drinks would have done the same. Indeed, in sucrose-sweetened soda pop, most of the sucrose breaks down into fructose and glucose before we drink it.

* Coincidence. Americans are eating more HFCS and getting fatter, but there's no reason to think that we would have been slimmer if we had been consuming ordinary sugar instead.

What to do: Cut back on soft drinks, candy, cakes, cookies, and other junk foods that are heavily sweetened with either HFCS or any other sugar.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 79: 537, 2004.
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Title Annotation:Quick Studies; high-fructose corn syrup
Publication:Nutrition Action Healthletter
Date:May 1, 2004
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