From the body's point of view,these nutritive sugars (honey, agave nectar, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, brown rice syrup, date sugar,fruit juice concentrates, beet sugar or cane sugar) are virtually the same in caloric content and the way they are metabolized. High fructose corn syrup is a natural sugar made from corn without synthetic ingredients and there is no scientific evidence to support the linking of corn syrup to the incidence of obesity, gout, or elevated blood insulin levels. In 2008, both the American Dietetic Association and the American Medical Association released statements that high fructose corn syrup was nutritionally equivalent to any other fructose containing sugar. Non-nutritive or calorie-free sweeteners have been studied exhaustively and found to be safe as well. It is wise to consume all sugars in moderation.
Kathy Warwick,registered dietitian and
member of the Corn Refiners Association RD Advisory Panel