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The title of this article (if titles could be ridiculously long) should probably read, “Before you drink that soda, energy drink, fake fruit juice or any other sugar-loaded beverage, read this.” The average American drinks 45 gallons of these beverages every year, and new research shows that we’re loading our bodies with an even worse combination of unhealthy ingredients than we think. A popular line repeated by the High Fructose Corn Syrup industry is “sugar is sugar,” meaning that HFCS is negligibly different than natural sugar, also known as sucrose. But a study conducted by the Childhood Obesity Research Center at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California claims this just isn’t so. In fact, beverages containing HFCS, including Coca-Cola , Pepsi, Dr Pepper, Mountain Dew, Gatorade and Sprite, all contain 50% more fructose than glucose.

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