What's So Bad About High Fructose Corn Syrup?

The truth behind the buzz about this controversial sweetener.

May/June 2009

By Joyce Hendley

What's So Bad About High Fructose Corn Syrup?

“It’s natural, nutritionally the same as table sugar and has the same number of calories,” say ads for high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Others call the sweetener “a growing health hazard,” “naturally evil,” and worse. For now, the naysayers seem to be winning: the number of foods flaunting “No HFCS” labels is rising steadily. Even Snapple and Pepsi recently launched new beverages sans HFCS. But what’s the truth about HFCS? Here’s what we found when we looked at the science.

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