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Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Safe?

Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Safe?

Commented Jul 31, 2009 at 09:58:58 in Healthy Living

“Hi Irene,
My google alert for HFCS picked up your article. I'd like to ask Dr. White why they selected the variant of HFCS, HFCS-55, as the sweetener for all national brands of soda and other beverages. Although its composition 55%fructose:45%glucose appears to be similar to the 50:50 ratio found in sucrose, when you do the math a different number emerges. 55%:45% = 55/45 =1.22 This means that in every Coke or Gatorade there is, compared to glucose, 22% extra fructose. Pepsi and Coke made the big switch in 1984. So for 25 years Americans have been guzzling that fructose enriched brew. (Approximately 30% of our intake of HFCS comes through sweetened beverages). Could that extra fructose have contributed to our expanding waistlines and health woes? The CRA cannot deny the math. They designed the ratio.”

David Gillespie on Aug 1, 2009 at 23:49:13

“Cynthia, I think you'll find they use less HFCS than sugar (sucrose) to keep the taste equivalent.


hp blogger Irene Rubaum-Keller on Jul 31, 2009 at 10:11:45

“Hi Cynthia, Dr. White told me that hfcs is twice as sweet as glucose, so although glucose doesn't harm the body the way fructose does, we'd have to use twice as much to get the same sweet taste. He said that would be twice the calories. We are hard wired to prefer sweetness.”