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Corn Refiners Association Response to Tufts University Study

WASHINGTON, DC –The recent study by Tufts University fails to show any link between consumption of sugar sweetened beverages and deaths from the chronic diseases diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. The authors of the study even acknowledge that this study is based on estimations of the effects of consumption of sugar sweetened beverages.

Epidemiological studies like this one are not capable of showing cause and effect. In fact, studies of high evidentiary value show no direct link between sugar sweetened beverages, consumed in a normal diet, and diabetes or cardiovascular disease.

Focusing on one ingredient or food can be misleading for consumers. That is why the Corn Refiners Association is dedicated to educating consumers about the importance of caloric balance and moderation of all foods, including all sugars, as keys to maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle.


The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is the national trade association representing the corn refining (wet milling) industry of the United States. CRA and its predecessors have served this important segment of American agribusiness since 1913. Corn refiners manufacture sweeteners, ethanol, starch, bioproducts, corn oil, and feed products from corn components such as starch, oil, protein, and fiber.

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