A new study suggests countries that use large amounts of high fructose corn syrup(HFCS) in their food may be helping to fuel the global epidemic of type 2 diabetes. Researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Southern California (USC) found a 20% higher proportion of the population have diabetes in countries with high use of the food sweetener compared to countries that do not use it.
Ordinary table sugar is made of sucrose, which comes from sugar cane or sugar beets. Sucrose contains equal amounts of fructose and glucose, but HFCS has more fructose. This makes HFCS much sweeter, which helps stabilize processed foods. Food companies also use HFCS to improve the appearance of certain processed foods such as baked goods because it produces a more consistent browning.
This research suggests that high fructose corn syrup can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, which is one of the most common causes of death in the world today source:http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/253484.php