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Q:

I would like to know why you have corn syrup in the cereal Cracklin Oat Bran? This is marketed as a healthy cereal. It was my daughter's favorite cereal but now that I know it has corn syrup in it, I will never buy it again. That stuff has no business in any breakfast cereal.
Heather

A:

We are aware that many individuals have chosen to eat foods that do not contain high fructose corn syrup and we respect that choice. We are excited to share with you that all of our cereal products are now made with sweeteners other than high fructose corn syrup.

High fructose corn syrup, corn syrup and fructose are all different ingredients used to sweeten foods.

Fructose, as the name implies, is 100% fructose. Fructose is a type of sweetener found naturally in fruits and honey and can also be manufactured for inclusion in foods, such as we do with Nutri-Grain Bars and Rice-Krispies Treats.

Corn syrup is 100% glucose. This is a type of sweetener that is manufactured from corn and also used in some of our foods for sweetness and texture.

High fructose corn syrup is not the same as fructose or corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup is a form of corn syrup in which some of the glucose is converted to fructose. This creates syrup that is usually around half glucose and half fructose.

Thus, all three of these ingredients are different as they contain different amounts of glucose and fructose. They are often used in combinations in food to achieve the desired sweetness and texture.