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High Fructose Corn Syrup Gets Unlikely Ally

High fructose corn syrup, a sweetener used in many
products, including soft drinks, is getting some guarded support from an
unlikely source -- the American Medical Association (AMA).

At a meeting in Chicago, AMA delegates backed a resolution that argues that
there's no scientific proof that high fructose corn syrup deserves the blame
for obesity more than sugar or
other caloric sweeteners. The resolution also nixes putting warning labels on
products containing high fructose corn syrup.

"At this time, there is insufficient evidence to restrict the use of
high fructose corn syrup or label products that contain it with a warning,"
AMA board member William Dolan, MD, says in an AMA news release.

That's not a green light to guzzle foods or drinks containing high fructose
corn syrup.

"We do recommend consumers limit the amount of all added caloric
sweeteners to no more than 32 grams of sugar daily based on a 2,000 calorie diet in accordance with the
Dietary Guidelines for Americans," Dolan says.

The AMA acknowledges that obesity rates have soared in recent decades, in
sync with the growing use of high fructose corn syrup.

But the AMA also points out that people also consumed more calories and
became less active during that time and that the body processes high fructose
corn syrup much like sugar.

The AMA says it isn't thrilled with the level of research on high fructose
corn syrup, partly because there isn't a lot of research on the health effects
of high fructose corn syrup and also because of industry funding for much of
that work.

(Have you stopped buying foods with high
fructose corn syrup , thinking its bad for you and your family? Tell us what
you think on WebMD's
Healthy Cooking board.)

By Miranda Hitti
Reviewed by Louise Chang
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