Richard Kravitz’s baseless insinuation that taxing high fructose corn syrup, or corn sugar, would reduce obesity rates fails to take into account nutrition and economic research that shows just the opposite (“Health care reform alone won’t make us healthier, experts say,” Aug. 16).
No fewer than five studies in a recent edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition unanimously disproved the anti-corn sugar dogma. The studies found that there is no special link between corn sugar and obesity. Additionally, academic research demonstrates that taxing products that have corn sugar, such as soda, is incredibly inefficient and ineffective at reducing excess weight.
Products that have corn sugar or other sweeteners are fine in moderation and can be part of a healthy diet. Anything else is more health fad than health fact.