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We read with interest Jesse Fruhwirth’s comments in “What sin would you tax?” [Staffbox, Jan. 14, City Weekly]. There has been a lot of confusion about high-fructose corn syrup. We’d like to provide science-based information on this safe sweetener.

Manufacturers of corn sweeteners do not receive government subsidies. Our industry buys corn on the open market at the prevailing market price.

According to the American Dietetic Association (ADA), “high-fructose corn syrup … is nutritionally equivalent to sucrose. Once absorbed into the blood stream, the two sweeteners are indistinguishable.”

The ADA also noted that, “Both sweeteners contain the same number of calories (four per gram) and consist of about equal parts of fructose and glucose.”

The American Medical Association stated that, “Because the composition of high-fructose corn syrup and sucrose are so similar, particularly on absorption by the body, it appears unlikely that highfructose corn syrup contributes more to obesity or other conditions than sucrose.”

As many dietitians agree, all sugars should be consumed in moderation as part of a balanced lifestyle.

To read the latest research and learn more about high-fructose corn syrup, please visit

Audrae Erickson
Corn Refiners Association president
Washington, D.C.

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