Don't Blame Sugar for Obesity, Sugar Association Tells Reuters

September 20, 2010

At a time when many are denouncing sweetened soft drinks as playing a huge role in rising obesity rates in the United States, the Sugar Association says that sugar is not to blame, according to Reuters. The association pointed out that most soft drinks are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), and not sugar. 'Sugar is not part of the problem,' told Andrew Briscoe, president and chief executive of the Sugar Association, the Reuters. The association says that HFCS is used almost 15 times more than sugar in beverages.

At a time when many are denouncing sweetened soft drinks as playing a huge role in rising obesity rates in the United States, the Sugar Association says that sugar is not to blame, according to Reuters. The association pointed out that most soft drinks are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), and not sugar.

'Sugar is not part of the problem,' told Andrew Briscoe, president and chief executive of the Sugar Association, the Reuters.

The association says that HFCS is used almost 15 times more than sugar in beverages.

The association also questioned whether any sweeteners, including sugar or HFCS, can be linked to obesity, due to the fact that use of all caloric sweeteners, including HFCS, had declined 9.7% in the past decade, while at the same time, obesity rates have continued to rise.

'The data simply doesn...t back up that caloric sweeteners are the cause for the obesity epidemic in this country,' said Briscoe.