Being Happy With Sugar
High-fructose corn syrup can't be a particular driver of the obesity epidemic in the U.S., Brouns says, "because obesity has grown just as quickly in countries that barely use HFCS. It is a misconception." For one example, Coca-Cola in Mexico famously contains sucrose in place of high-fructose corn syrup. "Natural" sodas at places like Whole Foods advertise that they, too, have sucrose or fruit-juice concentrate instead of HFCS. But Mexico has recently been jockeying with the United States for claim to the most obese country in the world.