I was fascinated by the article “Sweet confusion” (SN: 6/1/13, p. 22) about the ambiguous health effects of high fructose corn syrup. I was surprised, however, to find little mention of taste, flavor and satiety. I can clearly recall from my childhood the satisfaction from a bottle of Coca-Cola. The transition in America in the 1970s from sucrose to corn syrup as a sweetener in soft drinks was brought home to me in my travels to Central America in the ’80s and ’90s, where cane sugar was still used as a sweetener. Drink a soft drink with cane sugar and you are satisfied. Satiety is the key to the obesity epidemic.
Art Vaughn, Warren, Ohio
Vast quantities of high fructose corn syrup have been added to our diet. Is it safe? After reading the article, I think not. Don’t you think it’s up to the industry to prove to us that it is safe?