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HFCS is just sugar


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• High fructose corn syrup is just sugar • No significant differences between HFCS and other sweeteners • Not responsible for obesity

The page includes such claims as:

  • High-fructose corn syrup, particularly in soft drinks, is at least partly responsible for America's obesity epidemic.
  • It "appears to behave more like fat with respect to the hormones involved in body weight regulation." Peter Havel, associate professor of nutrition at the University of California, Davis
  • Consuming a lot of fructose, like consuming too much fat, could contribute to weight gain.
  • It doesn't register in the body metabolically the same way that glucose does.
  • High-fructose corn syrup is not the same as the corn syrup you buy to make pies. Whereas regular corn syrup is all glucose, HFCS is composed of roughly half glucose and half fructose.

Interesting observations, but these assumptions do not mesh with the facts. The amount of fructose in high fructose corn syrup is about the same as sugar and honey. Two formulations of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS 42 and HFCS 55) include respectively, 42 and 55 percent fructose. That compares with 47 percent fructose in honey and 50 percent in table sugar. Agave nectar, a natural sweetener, contains 75 percent fructose.

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