High-fructose corn syrup gets ‘safe’ status

Published 9:33 am Thursday, June 12, 2008

The June 10 column “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants” may mislead consumers about high-fructose corn syrup.

High-fructose corn syrup, sugar and several fruit juices all contain the same simple sugars.

New research continues to confirm that high -fructose corn syrup is safe and no different from other common sweeteners like sugar and honey.

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High-fructose corn syrup has the same number of calories as sugar. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted high-fructose corn syrup “Generally Recognized as Safe” status for use in food, and reaffirmed that ruling in 1996 after thorough review.

High-fructose corn syrup offers numerous benefits, too. It keeps foods fresh. It enhances fruit and spice flavors. It retains moisture in bran cereals and helps keep breakfast bars moist.

Consumers can see the latest research and learn more at www.HFCSfacts.com.

Audrae Erickson


Corn Refiners Association

Washington, D.C.