Is high-fructose corn syrup making you hungrier?

Published on Wed Jun 10 15:36:00 UTC 2009
Nicci Micco

Is high-fructose corn syrup making you hungrier?

If you start reading ingredient lists, you might think high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is in everything: from soda, cereals and granola bars to even pasta sauces and ketchup. Is that a problem? Well, it depends on whom you ask.

Some people say that HFCS is nutritionally the same as sugar, while others believe that it’s pure evil. In fact, some say that our bodies break HFCS down in a way that stokes our appetites and leads us to eat too much. Could this be true? In this second installment of a 5-part series, we investigate whether HFCS makes us feel hungrier. Here’s what we discovered:

And so, according to current research, it appears unlikely that HFCS is making us feel hungrier. (Get tips on keeping your appetite in control here.) But is HFCS a food ingredient that might make kids more hyperactive, as some suggest? Check back next week to find out.

And, in case you missed it: Part 1: Is high-fructose corn syrup making you fat? Part 3: Is high-fructose corn syrup making your kid hyper? Part 4: Is high-fructose corn syrup causing your tummy troubles? Part 5: The real truth: high-fructose corn syrup is not the same as corn syrup

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