Scientists say Stop Blaming Obesity on High Fructose Corn Syrup

April 28, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Scientists say high fructose corn syrup is the victim of a bum rap, blamed for years as the culprit for the increase in American obesity, but the reality is that our bodies process high fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners containing fructose in exactly the same way, adding the same amount of calories. A supplement in the June issue of the Journal of Nutrition, asks consumers and scientists to rethink the role high fructose corn syrup plays in American diets, saying the real cause of obesity is the over-consumption of calories. (Translation: we eat too much).

Several scientific leaders and industry groups met last year at a conference entitled, “The State of the Science on Dietary Sweeteners Containing Fructose” Groups like the Institute of North America, and the Agricultural Research Service attended, as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The conference participants concluded there was no scientific basis to blame high fructose corn syrup for obesity, when our bodies metabolize sugar and other fructose sweeteners the same way.

Suzanne P. Murphy, Ph.D., professor at the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, presented a paper at the conference concluding, “…[high fructose corn syrup] and sucrose are similar and one is not ‘better or worse’ than the other.” Scientists say sweeteners containing fructose, such as sugar, honey, fruit juice concentrates and high fructose corn syrup, have equal amounts of calories. Choosing one fructose based sweetener over another offers no health benefits nor protects us from obesity.

Scientists believe the confusion surrounding high fructose corn syrup stemmed from early studies testing high amounts of pure fructose, comparing the results to the consumption of high fructose corn syrup. Despite its misleading name, high fructose corn syrup contains equal amounts of both fructose and glucose, the same as regular sugar.

Even the American Medical Association jumped on board last year, issuing a statement saying, “High fructose syrup does not appear to contribute to obesity more than other caloric sweeteners.”

So, we can no longer blame those extra pounds on high fructose corn syrup. We need to find another villain to blame for our plump bodies.



3 Responses to “Scientists say Stop Blaming Obesity on High Fructose Corn Syrup”

  1. Rochelle on April 29th, 2009 1:18 pm

    By eliminating High Fructose Corn Syrup from my diet and no other diet change, I’ve lost 75 lbs in 18 months. Go figure.

  2. ScienceNews on April 30th, 2009 3:00 am

    Couldn’t agree more. Fructose is in everything; it’s hard to avoid yet I’m thin as a post.

  3. Todd on May 12th, 2009 11:14 am

    Diets and diet aids do not help anyone. The only way to successfully lose weight and get the body that you want is by using the right information. This information can be found in the book Lose Weight Using Four East Steps which can be ordered through the website Everyone who has gotten a copy of this book is now healthier.

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