High fructose corn syrup is a natural sweetener that is derived from corn. It has replaced refined sugar and become a ubiquitous ingredient in American foods because it is sweeter and less expensive than sugar. Some have argued that HFCS is bad because it causes obesity. High fructose corn syrup's possible link to obesity is the only specific health problem that the ingredient's critics have cited to date — and experts say they believe that this link is tenuous, at best. The chairman of the nutrition department of the Harvard School of Public Health has said that there is no substantial research that HFCS causes obesity.
What are the guidelines agreed upon by the beverage industry and the Alliance for a Healthy Generation?
AHG GUIDELINES FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS: Only water, 100% juice, and low-fat or skim milk in elementary schools. All 100% juices must be a "good source" of at least 3 vitamins or minerals that the FDA deems essential for human nutrition. The guidelines impose strict limits on the fat content and serving sizes of milk and on the caloric content, nutritional content, and serving sizes of juices for all grade levels. AHG GUIDELINES FOR HIGH SCHOOLS: Strict limits on the fat content of milk and on the caloric content, nutritional content, and serving sizes of juices. They impose caloric limits on other beverages that may be offered in high schools. The Alliance guidelines require at least 50% of beverage choices be water and no- or low-calorie options.
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