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CBS News reports that Snapple is eliminating high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) from its drinks, replacing it with real sugar, which the company says will actually cut 40 calories from many drinks and give it a "fuller bodied taste."

HFCS is roundly blamed by many nutritionists for having at least some responsibility for the nation’s obesity crisis – it is an ingredient in many products that one might not expect it to be, and is often used because it is less expensive than sugar.

The same decision has been reached by PepsiCo, which for a limited time will replace the HFCS in its Pepsi and Mountain Dew brands with real sugar. The company says that the move will give consumers “a taste of the original formula.”

The prices of the reformulated drinks reportedly will stay the same.

KC's View:
Good. This isn’t to suggest that people should consume a lot of sugar without worrying about it…in fact, people need to read nutrition labels so they know what they’re eating.

(This would, of course, make them smarter than a certain $25 million/year baseball player who claims that he really didn’t pay much attention to what was in those needles that he allowed his “cousin” to plunge into his butt. But I digress….)

The evidence strikes me as compelling that HFCS just isn’t good for us. I know this bothers manufacturers that are inn the HFCS business, but they may have to figure out how to deal with changing sensibilities rather than continuing with e debate they may already have lost.