This sickly-sweet sugar substitute occurs when fructose (a monosacchride, one of the simplest forms of sugar) combines with 100 percent pure corn syrup. Because of its long shelf life, HFCS can be found in just about anything these days, including sodas, salad dressings, breads, and cookies. The fact that HFCS is only found in heavily processed foods should probably be our first clue that it’s not going to be good for us. However, supporters of HFCS have argued that this sugar substitute is no more harmful to our bodies than plain old sugar. Critics of it contend that people with a HFCS-heavy diet run a greater risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and coronary heart disease. These results may not be 100 percent conclusive, but more and more studies suggest cutting out HFCS for better health. Just last week, Princeton researchers proved that lab rats with a high-fructose diet gained considerably more weight than those eating regular sugar, and even those with a high-fat diet. Super-addictive high-fructose corn syrup might taste good initially, but we’re pretty sure it’s not worth the risks.