Scientific Data

Nutritionally and metabolically, HFCS is equivalent to sugar

The Science of Sugar

The simple truth about sweeteners is that they are nutritionally equivalent:

HFCS is similar in composition to sugar.
It has the same calories as sugar.

Numerous experts within the scientific community have reached this conclusion, including the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) and the American Medical Association.123

Additionally, the facts show that HFCS is not a unique cause of diabetes or obesity. Both the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics4 and the American Medical Association5 have issued statements supporting this consensus.

From the most prestigious health and science organizations to the effect on metabolic pathways, it becomes evident there is no scientific justification for switching from HFCS to table sugar.

1. American Medical Association press release, June 17, 2008.

2. Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Use of Nutritive and Nonnutritive Sweeteners, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, May 2012

3. Michael Jacobson, PhD, Executive Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest, USA Today, March 2, 2010.

4. Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Use of Nutritive and Nonnutritive Sweeteners, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, May 2012

5. American Medical Association, Report 3 of the Council on Science and Public Health (A-08), June 2008.

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