High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
An important study published last year showed:
“Study participants who drank fructose had increased lipid levels, decreased insulin sensitivity and increased levels of the fat that surrounds visceral organs, and they exhibited increased de novo lipogenesis – the process by which the liver turns sugar into fat,” said Stanhope, a registered dietitian and associate project scientist in the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Molecular Biosciences. “None of these changes were seen in the group that drank the glucose-sweetened beverages.”
Numerous other studies are linking high fructose corn syrup with obesity. Remember also that most corn in the USA is made from GMO (genetically modified) corn with a host of unknown dangers.
Most sodas and drinks are either sweetened by HFCS or GMO sugar from sugar beets. If you must drink a sweetened drink, make it fresh squeezed fruit juice (never canned or bottled that is at room temperature) or in rare cases you might drink something with cane sugar.
That study can be read here: