Consumers are not alone. Even some health professionals and nutrition scientists are confused about high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). To address this situation the American Dietetic Association (ADA) has developed a Hot Topics page entitled “High Fructose Corn Syrup and Weight Status” that is easy to understand and important reading for consumers and health professionals alike.
ADA reviewed the science to explain how the confusion regarding HFCS evolved and put the facts into perspective to help clarify the controversies surrounding this sweetener. Studies conducted with abnormally high levels of pure fructose—much higher than commonly found in the human diet—are often misinterpreted as being representative of HFCS. This may have led to confusion about the relationship between HFCS and obesity. To get the straight scoop on HFCS from ADA go to http://www.eatright.org/ada/files/Finalized_HT-12_15_09.pdf.
For additional information, read What Science Says about Fructose from the July/August 2008 issue of Food Insight.