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Ask Tufts Experts November 2007 Issue

Q: Your Special Report on aspartame and high-fructose corn syrup (September Healthletter) made me wonder about ordinary table sugar. How does it compare to fructose in terms of calories? And if I want to cut calories but am still concerned about aspartame, what are my options?

Answer :††In fact, regular table sugar (sucrose) isnít so different from high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which contains either 55% or 42% fructose plus other sugars, primarily glucose. Table sugar is 50% fructose and 50% glucose. Both table sugar and HFCS contain four calories per gram, so if youíre counting calories you should limit both sweeteners. …

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