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Countries that use large amounts of high fructose corn syrup have higher rates of type 2 diabetes

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7994 (Published 27 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7994
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Countries that use high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in their food supply have a significantly higher prevalence of type 2 diabetes than countries that do not use the sweetener, an analysis has found.

The research, published in Global Public Health, looked at average body mass index, diabetes prevalence, sugar intake, and HFCS intake in 42 countries around the world.1 The information came from a variety of sources, including the International Diabetes Federation and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization.

It found that of the 42 countries studied the United States had the highest per capita consumption of HFCS at a rate of 25 kg (55 lb) a year. Second was Hungary, with an annual consumption …

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