In the last 45 years, the rate of obesity has risen along with an increased availability of added sugars in foods. Obesity has been blamed on sugars and sugar-sweetened beverages and more recently on high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as a caloric sweetener in beverages. However, many factors such as socioeconomics, genetics, and lifestyle, including overall diet, play crucial roles in overall health. Research does not support singling out HFCS nor caloric sweeteners as the villains in the obesity epidemic.
Harvey Anderson, Ph.D., Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto speaking on “Sweeteners and Health” at the 2016 Sweetener Systems Conference.