As the debates about “eat this – not that” continue to dominate the obesity conversations, it is time to set the record straight about what sweetens most of the non-diet beverages in the United States. It is High Fructose Corn Syrup 55 (HFCS), not sugar (sucrose).

In hundreds of news stories and articles published in the last 12 months, all-natural sugar is misidentified as a prominent soda sweetener. Terms like “sugary sodas” and “sugar-sweetened beverages” are consistently misused in press reports, leading the public to believe that it is granulated sugar sweetening their beverages.

The Facts

According to the Food and Drug Administration, the term “sugar” only applies to sucrose when listed as an ingredient. HFCS is a different ingredient.

Until more manufacturers choose to use all-natural sugar, which has been used safely for more than 2,000 years, it is more accurate to use the term “HFCS-sweetened beverages” when reporting about beverages consumed in the United States. Your help in correcting this common mistake is appreciated.

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