High-fructose corn syrup is everywhere, almost

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The food police are on the lookout for high-fructose corn syrup, the stuff that puts the sweet in colas.

Soft drinks and fruit-flavored drinks are chock-full of high-fructose corn syrup.

It`s chemically similar to table sugar, but there`s lots of disagreement about how our human body reacts when we ingest the stuff.

The Mayo Clinic says there`s not enough evidence to say for sure that high-fructose corn syrup is not as good for us as other types of sweeteners, but too much of any sweet stuff, including the high-fructose kind, can cause us to put on weight, and that can lead to Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

But it might be hard to kick the high-fructose corn syrup habit. That`s because it`s in just about everything we eat.

It`s one of the top ingredients in most yogurts, with some yogurts also containing fructose and sugar.

It`s in a lot of the store-bought breads, sometimes as high as the fourth ingredient.

Makers of breakfast cereals and those cereal bars for kids and adults on the go load up their products with high-fructose corn syrup.

And you`d be hard-pressed to find ketchup for your burgers and fries and dressing for your healthy salads that do not contain high-fructose corn syrup.

Even the folks at the Hershey`s chocolate factory are taking another look at high-fructose corn syrup.

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