July 20, 2007/Lab Business Week -- Following is a statement from Audrae Erickson, president of the Corn Refiners Association, on peer-reviewed study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The study found no evidence that regular carbonated soft drinks sweetened with either sugar or high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) have significantly different effects on hunger or fullness.

"This new study on sweetened beverages supports previous research showing there is very little difference between high fructose corn syrup and sugar from the perspective of the human body.

"High fructose corn syrup has nearly the same composition as sugar and honey -- roughly half fructose and half glucose -- with each having four calories per gram. So it is not surprising that sugar and high fructose corn syrup affect the appetite in the same way.

From the July 30, 2007, Prepared Foods e-Flash