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High Fructose Corn Syrup: Does it Deserve the Bad Rap?

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary: High-fructose corn syrup is a common sweetener in sodas and fruit-flavored drinks, but may not be so sweet for your health.
Air Date: 3/18/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Tricia Psota, RD
Tricia PsotaDr. Tricia Psota is a registered dietitian and nutrition scientist in the Washington DC metropolitan area. She is a trusted food and nutrition expert specializing in research, education, and clinical dietetics with a focus on weight management, cardiovascular nutrition, and sports nutrition. She is an active member of the American Society for Nutrition and serves on their Development Committee. She is a member of multiple dietetic practice groups (DPG) within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, in particular the Weight Management DPG, Nutrition Research DPG, Vegetarian Nutrition DPG, Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition DPG, and Nutrition Entrepreneurs DPG. She serves on the board of the DC chapter of the Academy and currently holds the position of Treasurer-Elect.

Tricia's writes health and wellness articles for various newsletters as well as online. She has co-authored five book chapters and her work has been published in top-notch, peer-reviewed scientific journals in the field of nutrition, such as the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the Journal of Nutrition, and the Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior.
High Fructose Corn Syrup: Does it Deserve the Bad Rap?

Controversy exists about whether or not the body handles high fructose corn syrup differently than table sugar.

We already know that too much sugar can contribute towards unwanted calories that can lead to health problems, including weight gain, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Is the evidence insufficient to say that high fructose corn syrup is worse for you than other sweeteners?

Registered dietitian and nutrition scientist, Dr. Tricia Psota, explains both sides to the controversy, and how to get the obvious and not so obvious sugars and sweeteners out of your diet.