You see it in just about every processed food in the grocery store, from crackers to steak sauce, high fructose corn syrup is a processed sweetener made from corn.
Many doctors, dietitians and nutritionists believe that the rise of obesity related health risks are tied to the invention of high fructose corn syrup in the early 1970's.
Linda VanHorn is a researcher for the Journal of the American Dietetic Association and says, "between 1970 to 1990, there was a 1,000 percent increase in the amount of high fructose corn syrup and certainly the predominant sweetening agent in all soft drinks."
"Well there's no evidence to suggest that consumption of soft drinks is responsible for obesity in this country," said John White, Corn Refiners Association.
So, it is controversial. The Corn Refiners Association claims there is "almost" no difference between high fructose corn syrup and regular table sugar. But nutritionists argue a lot of people don't know they're getting all that sugar if the ingredient sounds like it's some type of corn.
At any rate, the American Dietetic Association suggests parents read the label on food products and if high fructose corn syrup is in the top three on the list of ingredients, that means it is very sweet and they say should be limited in the diet.