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Study Proves the Nutritional Equivalence of HFCS and Sugar

Yet Another Study Proves the Nutritional Equivalence of HFCS and Sugar, and the Safety of Fructose Consumption

“High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and sucrose have equivalent effects on energy-regulating hormones at normal human levels” was published on September 3rd.

For Immediate Release
September 3, 2013

Contact: David Knowles
(202) 534-3494

WASHINGTON, DC – A new study published in Nutrition Research confirms what scientific data has demonstrated for years: Sugar and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are nutritionally equivalent. Furthermore, it shows that at normal levels of fructose consumption there are no adverse effects on energy regulating hormones, triglycerides or uric acid.

The study examined adult consumption of HFCS and sugar over a ten-week period and found “there are no differences in the metabolic effects of HFCS and sucrose when compared at low, medium, and high levels within the range of normal human consumption of the two commonly used sweeteners.”

This study adds to the growing evidence that the composition of HFCS and table sugar (sucrose) is nearly identical and the two sweeteners are metabolized by the body in the same way. It also provides further confirmation that it is total calories consumed that likely determines obesity rather than the consumption of any one type of food or ingredient, and that consumption of fructose, which is found in both HFCS and sucrose, is safe in moderation.


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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