Americans consumed less high-fructose corn syrup in 2011 than at any point since 1997, Bloomberg reported this week. The USDA estimates that the average American ate 131 calories worth of corn sweeteners a day this year, down 16 percent from 2007.

The decline follows several years of bad press for high-fructose corn syrup. Some have attacked it as bad-tasting, while many have argued that eating it is bad for your health. One recent study suggested that the brains of people who ate lots of fructose don't register as satiated, while another demonstrated a correlation between high-fructose corn syrup consumption and higher rates of type 2 diabetes.

The corn industry has responded to this PR onslaught by claiming that high-fructose corn syrup had been "unfairly maligned," and that it is no worse for human health than any other kind of sweetener. Some studies have supported this argument.

If the corn industry is right, the recent estimates on sweetener consumption contain some troubling news as well. Sugar consumption rose 8.8 percent between 2007 and 2011, indicating that some consumers just shifted from one type of sweetener to another.

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  • Wendy's Baconator Double

    We're sorry to tell you this, Mr. Mayor, but the cheeseburger called <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2010/03/24/the-40-deadliest-fast-food-meals.html" target="_hplink">"Deadliest Fast Food Meal"</a> by the Daily Beast, the Baconator Double, packs 1,330 calories in one serving.

  • IHOP's Chicken And Spinach Salad

    Mr. Bloomberg, we apologize for the shock that burger must have caused you. Allow us to soften the blow with a salad. <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2111042/Not-healthy-option--The-IHOP-chicken-spinach-salad-calorie-equivalent-THREE-Big-Macs.html" target="_hplink">IHOP's 1600 calorie Chicken and Spinach Salad</a>. For the record, that calorie count is higher than a burger on their menu with an added <strong>bacon patty</strong>.

  • T.G.I.Friday's Loaded Potato Skins

    We know how you feel, sir. Up is down, down is up, salad is terrible for you... perhaps potato skins have become good for you? Maybe not. <a href="http://www.tgifridays.com/greatfood#appetizers" target="_hplink">T.G.I.Friday's Loaded Potato Skins</a> have 2030 calories and 131g of fat, which, it should be noted, is significantly more than the Jack Daniel's Sampler Platter -- which is a plate of meat, basted with Jack Daniel's and sugar.

  • KFC Double Down

    In case you somehow missed it, Mr. Bloomberg, we'd like to turn your attention to the KFC Double Down. They use fried chicken instead of buns for this sandwich, sir.

  • World's Meatiest Sandwich

    <a href="http://www.geekologie.com/2012/05/28-lb-sandwich-is-worlds-meatiest-most-k.php" target="_hplink">This monstrosity was created</a> to commorate the UK launch of <em>Man vs. Food</em>. Sir, you're probably thinking to yourself, "Who wants to eat a 28 pound sandwich, anyway?" We're not sure, Bloomie, but you'll probably want to ban it.

  • Burger King Triple Whopper With Cheese

    Mr. Mayor, we see your gears turning: just like the proposed ban on large sodas, you're envisioning limiting Burger King customers to only two patties per burger. This<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5vjQQXauD0" target="_hplink"> Japanese commercial for the product</a> may have swayed us your way: you probably shouldn't order anything you have to un-hinge your jaw to eat.

  • Bacon Explosion

    Where will the line be drawn, Mr. Mayor? Will you follow your nose to the doors of those citizens who make themselves a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/28/dining/28bacon.html" target="_hplink">Bacon Explosion</a> and confiscate the contraband? <em>Bacon explosion picture by Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/beckmann/3362040723/sizes/z/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Elin B.</a></em>

  • Chili's Shiner Bock Baby Back Ribs

    Michael (can we call you Michael?), by now, we all know <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/23/dining/23bloom.html?pagewanted=all" target="_hplink">how much you like salt</a>. But <a href="http://www.chilis.com/" target="_hplink">Chili's Shiner Bock Ribs</a> may be too much even for you: they're packing a whopping 2310 calories, 124g of fat and <strong>6340mg of sodium</strong> in one portion. Please put down the salt-shaker, sir.

  • Denny's Grand Slamwich

    Because we know how focused on health you are, Mr. Mayor, you are likely very focused on starting your day off with a substantial breakfast. Please hang onto your Mayoral hat, because <a href="http://dennys.com/" target="_hplink">Denny's Grand Slamwich</a> is packing 1520 calories and 101 grams of fat. Although there are currently no Denny's locations in New York City, we thought you might want to disapprove anyway. Today NYC, tomorrow the world, am I right? (You remember their <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/01/dennys-mac-n-cheese-patty-melt_n_945390.html" target="_hplink">Mac N' Cheese Big Daddy Patty Melt</a>, don't you?)

  • Burger King Bacon Sundae

    Still hungry for dessert? Well sir, Burger King <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/12/burger-king-bacon-sundae_n_1590522.html?utm_hp_ref=food" target="_hplink">will be giving their Bacon Sundae a wider release this summer</a>, which means more soft-serve, fudge, caramel and bacon will be available to the public.

  • Cold Stone Creamery's Chocolate Malt

    Here's one you might want to pick up your ban-writing pen for, Mr. Mayor: just one of <a href="http://www.coldstonecreamery.com/" target="_hplink">Cold Stone Creamery's</a> "Gotta Have It"-sized Chocolate Malts contains 1520 calories and 85g of fat. A healthier option might be to just eat a <a href="http://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/usda/butter?portionid=29481&portionamount=1.000" target="_hplink">stick of butter</a> on its own.