Dear Editor:
 
High fructose corn syrup is the target of much misinformation and wrongly singled out in the obesity debate.
 
Dr. Walter Willett, Harvard School of Public Health Nutrition Department Chairman, told The New York Times, "There's no substantial evidence to support the idea that high-fructose corn syrup is somehow responsible for obesity."
 
New research continues to confirm that high fructose corn syrup is safe and no different from other common sweeteners like sugar and honey. No credible research has demonstrated that high fructose corn syrup affects appetite differently than sugar.
 
High fructose corn syrup is a natural sweetener and has the same number of calories as sugar. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted high fructose corn syrup "Generally Recognized as Safe" status for use in food, and reaffirmed that ruling in 1996 after thorough review.
 
High fructose corn syrup offers numerous benefits, too. It keeps foods fresh. It enhances fruit and spice flavors. It retains moisture in bran cereals and helps keep breakfast bars moist.
 
Consumers can see the latest research and learn more at www.HFCSfacts.com.
 
Audrae Erickson
President
Corn Refiners Association

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