For Immediate Release
Beth Hubrich, MS, RD
Theresa Hedrick, MS, RD, LD
The Calorie Control Council Responds to Inaccurate Allegations in the Nature
ATLANTA (Feb. 2, 2012) - The article “The toxic truth about sugar”1 incorrectly uses the terms fructose and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) interchangeably. Often confused with high fructose corn syrup (which contains nearly equal amounts of glucose and fructose and is handled by the body in the same way as sucrose), fructose has a low glycemic index, and does not cause surges and dips in blood glucose levels. Fructose is the sweetest of the nutritive sweeteners, so less is needed to sweeten foods and beverages, resulting in calorie savings. Although dietary fructose consumption has increased in recent decades, relative consumption of fructose compared to other sugars has remained constant.
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