Almost everyone has heard that high fructose corn syrup is bad for you. But is this fact, or just rumor?

Learn what high fructose corn syrup is, and tell us if you think it really is bad for your health.

Definition of high fructose corn syrup: "High fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a sweetener made from corn, comes in two primary compositions—HFCS-42 and HFCS-55. This means it is composed of either 42 percent or 55 percent fructose, with the remaining sugars being primarily glucose and higher sugars (chains of glucose)." (corn.org)

So, what does that mean exactly?

High fructose corn syrup is made from corn, a natural grain product and is a natural sweetener. While high fructose corn syrup contributes to calories in the diet, there is no scientific evidence that high fructose corn syrup is a unique contributor to obesity or diabetes. Mainly because there has been a lack of studies based around high fructose corn syrup to begin with.

"At this time, there's insufficient evidence to say that high-fructose corn syrup is any less healthy than other types of sweeteners.. If you're concerned about your health, the smart play is to cut back on added sugar, regardless of the type." (Mayo Clinic)

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