The Sugary Beverage Controversy Is Now on the Door Step of the FDA

Public relations of high-fructose corn syrup

Public relations of high-fructose corn syrup (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) filed a petition with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to get the agency to make a ruling regarding the amount of sugar that can be added to beverages without causing health issues. The petition was accompanied by a letter signed by 41 scientists and physicians and the public health departments of 10 of the largest U.S. cities. The petition did not identify a specific safe level; however, Michael Jacobson, the executive director of CSPI, noted that a number of health agencies have said that 2½ teaspoons of added sugars are safe.

This amount is in direct contrast to the 18 to 23 teaspoons of added sugars a day most Americans are consuming. Half of this amount comes from sugary beverages, with a 20-ounce bottle of soda having approximately 16 teaspoons of sugar from high-fructose corn syrup it contains.

To read the rebuttals form the American Beverage Association  and the Corn Refiners Association, click here.

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~ by chasm63 on February 13, 2013.

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