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Is High Fructose Corn Syrup a Sweet Problem?

A recent report from Princeton University researchers showed that rats eating High Fructose Corn Syrup gained more weight than those eating plain table sugar (sucrose).  The two experiments, conducted by the Department of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, debunked the idea that there is no difference between sucrose and High Fructose Corn Syrup in terms of weight gain.

In the study of long-term consumption, rats that were allowed access to high fructose corn syrup, in addition to their rat food, not only gained 48% more weight, but also developed higher triglyceride levels and more abdominal fat.

In the second study, rats supplemented their standard diet with water containing either sucrose or high fructose corn syrup.  Once again, the rats fed the high fructose corn syrup diet gained significantly more weight than those eating table sugar - even though they consumed the same number of calories.

Because it's a cheap sweetener, High Fructose Corn Syrup is in thousands of food products in the United States. You'll find it in everything from soft drinks to condiments to baked goods.

Is it any wonder that we're in the middle of an obesity epidemic?