1957 High-fructose corn
syrup is invented.
1975 Average American
annual consumption: 70 lbs. of sugar,
4 lbs. HFCS.
Coca-Cola manufacturers replace sugar with HFCS.
2004 Equal sues Splenda
over "Made From Sugar So It Tastes Like Sugar" tagline.
2005 A study suggests
November 2006 Makers of
Jones Soda switch from HFCS to sugar; receive threatening emails from Corn Refiners
April 2008 Sugar
Association successfully petitions the
FDA to prohibit the word "natural" on labels of foods with HFCS.
June 1, 2008 CRA
launches $30 million "Sweet Surprise" ad campaign to persuade public HFCS is
nutritionally the same as sugar.
June 17, 2008
American Medical Association says there's no proof that HFCS is worse than
July 8, 2008 HFCS
makers lobby successfully to overturn "natural" labeling decision. FDA reverses opinion.
July 28, 2008 Pizza Hut
introduces "The Natural" pizza, made with sugar in the sauce, replacing the HFCS found in their other pizzas.
January 2009 Sugar
Association accuses CRA of making "false and misleading statements to exploit
consumers' familiarity with and trust in sugar."
Spring 2009 Snapple and
Pepsi launch "natural" drinks made with sugar, replacing HFCS.
April 2009 Coca-Cola's
kosher-for-Passover Coke, made with sugar instead of un-kosher HFCS, sells out at supermarkets nationwide, indicating sugar preference.
Average American annual consumption: 45 lbs. of sugar, 39 lbs. of HFCS.