Myth: High-Fructose Corn Syrup Is Especially Fattening
In 2004, researchers George Bray and Barry Popkin published a study blaming high fructose corn syrup for contributing to obesity in America. The study caused enormous controversy. Even Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest told the Associated Press that "the authors of this paper misunderstand chemistry, draw erroneous conclusions and have done a disservice to the public in generating this controversy."
Meanwhile, New York University nutrition professor Marion Nestle explained: "It's basically no different from table sugar. Table sugar is glucose and fructose stuck together. Corn sweeteners are glucose and fructose separated. The body really can't tell them apart."