Study: Body Processes HFCS, Sugar Differently

  • January 25, 2012

A new study has found that there are differences in how the body processes high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and table sugar, or sucrose, reports  

The study, conducted by researchers from the schools of medicine at the University of Colorado and University of Florida, measured the biological effects of ingesting the two types of sweeteners in soft drinks.

The drinks containing HFCS resulted in higher blood levels of fructose than the sugar-sweetened drinks, indicating that HFCS resulted in the absorption of more fructose into the circulation. Uric acid levels and blood pressure readings were also higher. 

"Although both sweeteners are often considered the same in terms of their biological effects, this study demonstrates that there are subtle differences," said Dr. Richard Johnson, a coauthor of the study and chief of the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension at the University of Colorado. "The next step is for new studies to address whether the long-term effects of these two sweeteners are different."



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