Sweetener has been called diet enemy No. 1 — but that's not the full story
In the grand tradition of nutritional scapegoating, high fructose corn syrup has stepped into the spotlight as dietary enemy No. 1. It's an easy target. The corn-based sweetener is found throughout the American diet, in everything from sugary foods like soda and cookies to savory products like tomato sauce and salad dressing.
That's precisely the problem, say critics who blame the vast quantities we consume for the nation's soaring rates of obesity and diabetes.
But not everyone is convinced. Last June, the Corn Refiners Association launched an ad campaign telling the other side of the story — namely, that HFCS is "made from corn [and] has the same calories as sugar."
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