John S. White

John P. Foreyt

High-fructose corn syrup,the sweetener used in most carbonated beverages in the United States, drew very little attention over its 30-year history until the past two years, when some researchers in the nutrition community claimed that it bears a unique responsibility for the current obesity epidemic. Such claims are largely myths based on misunderstandings of the chemistry, food science, and nutrition of HFCS.

Myth 1: HFCS is high in fructose. The name high-fructose corn syrup was given to ackno…

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