Quick Facts

People are talking about HFCS and other sweeteners. Understand some quick facts to arm yourself with accurate information.

Quick Facts about HFCS

  • Despite its complicated-sounding name, high fructose corn syrup is just a sugar made from corn.

  • High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) contains no artificial ingredients or color additives and meets the FDA requirements for use of the term “natural.” Click here to learn more.

  • Nutritionally, HFCS is the same as sugar and both sweeteners are metabolized by the body the same way.

  • High fructose corn syrup has similar levels of sweetness as sugar and one type (specifically HFCS-42) is actually less sweet than sugar.

  • High fructose corn syrup, sugar and honey all contain the same number of calories (four calories per gram).

  • HFCS never contains fructose alone, but is always found in combination with glucose.

  • In 1983, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) formally listed high fructose corn syrup as safe for use in food and reaffirmed that decision in 1996.

  • The American Medical Association stated in June 2008 that “...high fructose syrup does not appear to contribute to obesity more than other caloric sweeteners...”

  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states that recent studies “consistently found little evidence that HFCS differs uniquely from sucrose and other nutritive sweeteners in metabolic effects…”