Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska

Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska

A Sugar is a Sugar

March 21, 2012Crops, Farmers and Ranchers

Fructose, glucose, sucrose? These are all other words for sugar. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a term that many consumers today are confused about. It is on labels on many of our foods and some are using it as a marketing ploy that is “not healthy”.

Contrary to widespread consumer belief, high fructose corn syrup is not higher in fructose than other commonly used nutritive sweeteners, including table sugar, honey and fruit juice concentrates. Like table sugar, it is roughly half glucose and half fructose and is metabolized by the body in the same way as regular table sugar. In fact, the high fructose corn syrup used in many foods, including baked goods, is lower in fructose than table sugar.

In fact, even the American Dietetic Association confirmed that high fructose corn syrup is “nutritionally equivalent to sucrose (table sugar)” and that the sweeteners contain the same number of calories per gram. The ADA found that “once absorbed into the bloodstream, the two sweeteners are indistinguishable.”

Independent research demonstrates that the current labeling confuses American consumers.  For example, nearly 58 percent of respondents believed high fructose corn syrup has more fructose than other table sugars when high fructose corn syrup and table sugar actually contain approximately the same amount of fructose.

For more information, visit these sites provided by the Corn Refiners Association:

As a mom, I feel that moderation is key when feeding my kids any type of sugar because…a sugar is a sugar.