What is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)?

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a type of sweetener. It’s made from corn and is similar to table sugar.

Both have about the same calories. And like sugar, HFCS is fine in moderation, but too much of it isn’t good for anyone. If you’re looking for fewer calories, explore reduced- and no-sugar versions of many of the drinks you love. We also have smaller sizes available for some of your favorites, like our 7.5-oz. mini soda can of Coca-Cola.

 

How are high fructose corn syrup and sugar different (or the same)?    

Learn more about these two sweeteners. 

 

High Fructose Corn Syrup vs Sugar

 

High Fructose Corn Syrup

Sugar

Where does it come from?

Corn

Sugarcane or sugar beet

How many calories does it have?

1 teaspoon = 16 calories

1 teaspoon = 16 calories

What drinks use it?

Coca-Cola, POWERADE

odwalla Protein Shakes, Honest Tea

 

Why do you use high fructose corn syrup vs. sugar?

Depending on where you are in the world, we’ll either use sugar or HFCS to sweeten our drinks. We generally use HFCS in places where corn is more widely available. In places where sugarcane or sugar beet is more available, we’ll use those instead.

 

Is high fructose corn syrup bad for you?

No. We are committed to product safety and quality. All ingredients we use – including HFCS – are safe.

Eating or drinking too many calories no matter the source, however, can contribute to weight gain. A balanced lifestyle is key to successful weight management. The key to managing your weight is a balanced lifestyle. This includes eating a variety of food and beverages in moderation.

If you’re concerned about HFCS in your diet, please talk to your doctor.

 

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