Sugars Q&A

This tool provides an overview of some of the frequently asked questions around sugars in the diet, along with links to other useful sources of information.

Sugars Q & A

Last updated 31 May 2017

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Is high fructose corn syrup used in products made in the UK?

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a liquid sweetener which is used in foods and beverages produced in the US but very rarely used by UK manufacturers. HFCS is commonly produced with 55% fructose.

In Europe some manufacturers use the liquid sweetener Glucose-Fructose Syrup (GFS), sometimes referred to as isoglucose, which is composed of different simple sugars, mainly glucose and fructose, with varying compositions. The fructose content of this ingredient can range from 5% to 50%. Where the fructose content of the syrup is above 50%, the name on the ingredient list will read Fructose-Glucose Syrup.

Last reviewed: 12 Nov 2019