High Fructose Corn Syrup Studies Draw Fire

According to the National corn Growers Association, problems with recent reports attacking high fructose corn syrup demonstrate the need for clarity and caution on the part of research scientists. Even though researchers may acknowledge specific limitations, NCGA says the mainstream media does not always act as prudently as they report the news. In any case, NCGA President Garry Niemeyer says – the science is clear that, enjoyed in moderation, there is no difference between High Fructose Corn Syrup and other sugars.

Niemeyer points out that according to the American Medical Association, not only do table sugar and HFCS have a similar composition, but the American Dietetic Association has found that, once absorbed into the bloodstream, the two sweeteners are "indistinguishable."

CRA points to two studies which contained inconsistencies. One example is a study by researchers at Georgia Health Sciences University that draws unfounded conclusions about cardiovascular risks associated with consuming fructose, which is found in many sweeteners. CRA reports the authors failed to provide needed perspective. And authors of a second study conceded their study had "several limitations," and were unable to draw meaningful conclusions based on their data.

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