Bad rap about sweetener undeserved |

Bad rap about sweetener undeserved

Audrae Erickson, president
Corn Refiners Association

The August 17 article “Pay attention to what you eat,” may mislead consumers about high fructose corn syrup.

High fructose corn syrup, sugar, and several fruit juices all contain the same simple sugars.

New research continues to confirm that high fructose corn syrup is no different from other sweeteners. It has the same number of calories as sugar and is handled similarly by the body.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted high fructose corn syrup “Generally Recognized as Safe” status for use in food, and reaffirmed that ruling in 1996 after thorough review.

High fructose corn syrup offers numerous benefits, too. It keeps foods fresh. It enhances fruit and spice flavors. It retains moisture in bran cereals and helps keep breakfast bars moist.

Consumers can see the latest research and learn more about high fructose corn syrup at and .

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