Are Scientists Backing Away From High-Fructose Corn Syrup as a Trigger for Obesity?

Soft drinks are the leading source for calories among Americans for many reasons, but one stands out among all the others. Chiefly, they are likely the largest source for high-fructose corn syrup that a person can consume.

An interesting piece in the New York Times debates the well deserved "bad rap" against high-fructose corn syrup versus sugar. Sadly, some scientists who initially proposed the link between obesity and high-fructose corn syrup among conventional medical experts have backed so far away from it, they devoted no time to discuss that anything-but-natural ingredient during a beverage panel last year.

The reason soft drink manufacturers use high-fructose corn syrup instead of sugar comes down to money. Estimates issued in 1983 calculated the switch by Coca-Cola from sugar to high-fructose corn syrup saved them $70 million annually, and Pepsi followed suit the next year.

Those savings allowed soft drink manufacturers to sell larger containers of beverages than weren't much more expensive than before, perhaps the start of the tipping point for the Super Size Me era that's plagued the health of America and the world ever since.

New York Times July 2, 2006 Registration Required

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