Sweet Confusion

Sweet Confusion

Does high fructose corn syrup deserve such a bad rap?

By Laura Beil, 11:12 AM May 16, 2013

When chemists Richard Marshall and Earl Kooi started fiddling with cornstarch, the powder made from the dense insides of corn kernels, their intention was to turn glucose, which is easily produced from the starch, into fructose, which is sweeter. The idea wasn’t that far-fetched. The two sugar molecules are cousins, both made from the same atomic parts slightly rearranged.


The duo’s experiment, which took place at the Corn Products Refining Company in Argo, Ill., was a success. Marshall and K...

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