Report: Some Sodas Have More High-Fructose Corn Syrup Than Advertised

By Bruce Hensel
|  Thursday, Oct 28, 2010  |  Updated 4:29 PM PDT
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According to a new report, some sodas have a higher level of high-fructose corn syrup than advertised.

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According to a new report, some sodas have a higher level of high-fructose corn syrup than advertised.

The study, released in the October edition of "Obesity," looked at on HFCS contents in bottled, canned and fountain sodas.

HFCS, as the Los Angeles Times puts it, can be described as "Food Enemy No. 1." According to the study, negative health outcomes from HFCS include "insulin resistance, triglyceride deposition in the liver, and kidney stones."

Some of the top mislabeled beverages included Coca Cola (65 percent), Pepsi Cola (65 percent) and Sprite (64 percent). All were about 18 percent higher than advertised.

Researchers say the typical ratio of fructose to glucose is 55 percent to 45 percent.

Some sodas had less HFCS than advertised, according to the report. Mountain Dew had 13 percent less than advertised; Dr. Pepper had 8 percent less; and Mexican Coda-Cola, which is made from cane sugar, had 52 percent fructose.

Red Bull, according to the report, had 17 percent fructose, although none was listed on label.

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