Is high-fructose corn syrup really any worse than sugar?

Could it be true? Has high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) – which is in a crazy amount of foods and beverages like soda pop – been getting a bad rap it doesn’t deserve? Is it actually no worse than sugar, which also lurks in many products?

In 2004, research linked the increase of people getting more high-fructose corn syrup in their diets to the rise in obesity. This led to more research and a lot of concern over the cheap sweetener which seems to be everywhere.

But now – is science proving otherwise? This week, five new papers find no special link between HFCS and obesity. And one of those reports was written by Barry Popkin, a co-author on the first paper speaking out against the sweetener in 2004.

“It doesn’t appear that when you consume high-fructose corn syrup, you have any different total effect on appetite than if you consume any other sugar,” he tells USA Today.

The research seems to show sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup are not that different. And that if you have a lot of fructose – whether from HFCS or from table sugar – both will increase triglycerides, which could make you more at risk for heart disease.

I know we haven’t heard the end of this. And I want to know what you think. Has HFCS gotten an unfair shake? Have you cut back or cut out HFCS from your diet or do you not really think it’s that big of a deal?

And Cathy (A Life Less Sweet) – I definitely want to hear your take on this new research.

***UPDATEDSee what A Life Less Sweet has to say about this over here.

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