A few posts ago, I expressed annoyance at a new ad campaign by the Corn Refiners Association, claiming that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is really no worse for you than sugar. Having been told over and over again than corn syrup is one of the reasons we Americans are so fat, my immediate reaction was to label the campaign as propaganda. Even worse, I supported the argument with a quote from Dr. Mercola, someone who I’ve since discovered is a complete quack.
Perhaps HFCS has indeed been given unfair treatment. There are studies linking it to obesity, but this link could simply be due to overconsumption of products containing HFCS, products that would be just as unhealthy if sweetened with something else.
The health effects of HFCS certainly need to be studied further, but as of today, it’s not a slam-dunk win for either side.