The HFCS Controversy

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So we've seen a lot of complaints (both in email and comments on other sites) on how we use sugar cubes to demonstrate the amount of sugar in products that don't actually contain sugar but instead use high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

We do actually have a disclaimer on the home page discussing this issue. To quote:

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Note: We don't differentiate between different types of sugar - i.e., sucrose, fructose, cane sugar, corn syrup, honey, etc., although there are differences in how these sugars are metabolized. We just used cubes of white sugar as a visual aid.
Now in our defense:

1. The nutritional labeling on products doesn't break the sugar content down into different types. So in many cases, even if we wanted to differentiate the types of sugar, we couldn't.

2. The whole point of this site is to dramatically illustrate how much sugar you are consuming when you put that junk into your mouth. Judging by the response the site is getting, it seems to have worked! We won't apologize for that.

3. All types of sugar may not be created equal, but a lot of the nutritional science here is unsettled, to say the least. Whether a grape is better for you than a piece of candy may not be in dispute, but many would say that a sugar-laden fruit like a grape isn't nearly as good for you as something like a blueberry or strawberry. Even if there is a qualitative difference between classes, there are quantitative differences within classes that we wanted to highlight.

4. Despite possible differences, high fructose corn syrup has A LOT in common with sugar. The illustrations are still valid, even if finer distinctions might be even more informative.

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