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I have heard lately that high-fructose corn syrup is bad for you. Is that true?

High-fructose corn syrup has been associated with the American obesity epidemic. Some observational studies suggest that fructose is the culprit — causing the body to produce more fat. Some suspect that over-consumption of high-fructose corn syrup may be a main contributor to the incidence of diabetes in the United States. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition discusses high-fructose corn syrup, and there is a website dedicated specifically to discussion and analysis of high-fructose corn syrup.

There are many factors related to the American obesity problem, one of which includes an increased intake of high-sugar foods, such as soft drinks. Intake of sugar in the United States is well above dietary guidelines. An article from the American Dietetic Association discusses this topic. Basically, it's not one food or one nutrient that is the single cause of obesity — that is the point to be taken home here

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