Study: Possible link between high-fructose corn syrup, type 2 diabetes

4:18 PM, Dec 7, 2012   |    comments
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(CNN) - A new study found higher rates of type 2 diabetes in countries where people consume a lot of high-fructose corn syrup. That's compared to countries with little or no supply of the sweetener.

High-fructose corn syrup is used in a wide variety of foods and drinks, particularly in soda.

University of Oxford and University of Southern California researchers looked at data from 43 countries. They found the rate of type 2 diabetes is 20 percent higher in countries where the sweetener is prevalent. They note it doesn't show a cause and effect, just a link.

The lead author says high-fructose corn syrup appears to pose a serious public health problem on a global scale.

WebMD quotes the president of the Corn Refiners Association as saying that just because an ingredient is available in a country's diet does not mean it is uniquely the cause of a disease.

She adds there's broad scientific consensus that table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are nutritionally and metabolically the same.


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