4/23/15 • General

Corn Refiners Association Response to University of California- Davis Study Claiming Link between Beverages Sweetened with HFCS and Increased Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease

WASHINGTON, DC – A recent study by a team at the University of California – Davis claiming beverages sweetened with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) significantly increase the risk factors for cardiovascular diseases fails to demonstrate increased risk of cardiovascular disease and provides very limited practical insight.

The changes in cardiovascular risk factors reported in the study all fall well within the normal population levels at both the beginning and at the end of the trial. The study failed to show an increased risk of cardiovascular disease as the reported changes go from one set of low normal values to another set of low normal values.

Large systematic reviews and meta-analysis continually show no increased risk of cardiovascular diseases when sugars are consumed within the normal population consumption range.

The fact is that current research shows moderate consumption of all sugars poses no inherent health risks and can be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet. Moderation and caloric balance is the key to a healthy lifestyle. It’s important to note that attempts to demonize one food or ingredient only serve to confuse consumers and make it more difficult for people to make meaningful diet choices.


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.