Press Release

“Pop Doc” Misleadingly Perpetuates High Fructose Corn Syrup Myths

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Center for Consumer Freedom fired back at Dr. Jim Sears from the television show “The Doctors” for erroneously stating on the program this afternoon that high fructose corn syrup was more fattening than sugar.

J. Justin Wilson, Senior Research Analyst at the Center for Consumer Freedom made the following statement correcting Dr. Sears’ misinformed statement:

Fad-diet-peddling “Pop-doctors” like Dr. Oz and “The Doctors” are doing their viewers a disservice by giving them false information about weight and various sugars. On “The Doctors” today, Dr. Jim Sears incorrectly said that sugar is less fattening than high fructose corn syrup. He’s flat-out wrong. When it comes to how the body handles sweeteners, both the American Medical Association and the American Dietetic Association agree that high fructose corn syrup and sugar are metabolically equivalent and have the same amount of fructose in them.

Too many Americans think that there is a short cut to losing weight. Claiming that replacing corn syrup–also known as, corn sugar–with beet or cane sugar will make a person more healthy is the diet myth du jour. It is frustrating that “The Doctors” and several other so called experts know better than to repeat junk science. They are apparently more interested in promoting myths rather than doing their homework and doing some myth busting.

Founded in 1996, the Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to promoting personal responsibility and protecting consumer choices. For more information, visit


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