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The Chicago Tribune reports how how a variety of companies are reformulating products using real sugar, replacing the high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) that used to be the sweetener of choice. At issue is whether HFCS contributes to the nation’s obesity epidemic, a notion that has been reinforced by a study conducted by Princeton University researchers.

“The study's much-debated details hardly matter,” the Tribune reports. “Whatever the facts, the lobbyists at the Corn Refiners Association don't stand a chance in the credibility contest against Princeton, which is bad news for Midwest syrup-makers such as Archer Daniels Midland Co., Cargill Inc. and Corn Products International Inc.”

Ultimately, the story notes, the issue may be moot, since companies are spending a lot of time and money are looking for what PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi calls “a zero-calorie sweetener breakthrough” that will render both sugar and HFCS obsolete.
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