New High-Fructose Corn Syrup Study Sparks Debate
Is corn syrup really worse for you than table sugar?
A study on the health effects of high-fructose corn syrup released this week by Princeton University has food science experts and industry veterans up in arms.
The findings, which allege that the popular ingredient causes more weight gain than table sugar, are being rejected by those who say that neither is fit for consumption.
“The debate about which one is better for you is a false debate, because neither of them is good for you,” Elizabeth Abbott, author of the forthcoming Sugar: A Bittersweet History, stated.
Researchers in New Jersey tested the effects of corn syrup on lab rats and discovered that the ones that drank corn syrup-spiked water developed more belly fat than rats with access to table sugar.
Detractors believe it was foolish of the researchers to have examined female and male rats in separate experiments and to attribute significance to indistinguishable weights.
“I’m skeptical,” food policy scholar Marion Nestle recently blogged. “I don’t think the study produces convincing evidence of a difference between the effects of HFCS and sucrose on the body weight of rats.” (CNN)