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High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a popular sweetener used in beverages and foods with the same number of calories as sucrose, or table sugar. However, it continues to attract controversy, with critics arguing it is metabolized differently to sucrose and is a key contributor to rising obesity, and supporters arguing that sugar is sugar - and your body cannot tell the difference. HFCS 55, which is used in soft drinks, contains 55% fructose with the balance made up mostly by glucose; while HFCS 42, which is used in foods, contains about 42% fructose with the balance mostly comprising glucose.  Table sugar contains 50:50 glucose and fructose.

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