Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: I’m a doctor and have patients influenced by the ads lately promoting high fructose corn syrup as a nutritious food. How can I convince them otherwise? Answer: I believe HFCS to be the most destructive of the refined, concentrated sweeteners (with white cane sugar being a close second). Please read labels and avoid it. I could write my own article on HFCS, but I’m going to give you a link to an article by Rich Stacel, who summarizes research on the subject well and describes how ludicrous the ads by HFCS manufacturers are: http://www.naturalnews.com/024466.html Adding my two cents: the ads say that the stuff is nutritious because it’s made from corn. As vegetables go, corn is no power player. In its whole form, it’s fine–go ahead and eat it. But in the 50′s when canned goods became the rage, homemakers thought a little canned corn or peas on the edge of the plate covered the bases for “vegetables.” Corn’s a plant, right? And plants are good! Fritos are made from corn, too. So are some gasolines. The drug Digitalis started as a plant. Want to feed any of these to your toddler? I paraphrase the great and wise, late Ezra Taft Benson, once head of the federal government’s agriculture department: Any time we alter a food, we do it to our detriment.