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February 2003 Issue

The Not-So-Sweet News About High-Fructose Corn Syrup

Q. I see high-fructose corn syrup listed on so many ingredient labels. What exactly is it, and is it safe? A. High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a form of sugar used to sweeten scores of products from soft drinks and baked goods to breads, cereals, ketchup and more. When consumed in moderation, itís considered safe, but concerns are growing that a large intake of any sugar high in fructose may unfavorably alter blood

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