From Science to Communication: Understanding Fructose, HFCS, and Sugars CPE Module

The International Food Information Council (IFIC) and the International Life Sciences Institute (ILIS), North America have developed a Commission on Dietetic Registration-approved continuing professional education (CPE) self-study module, "From Science to Communication: Understanding Fructose, HFCS, and Sugars."

Registered dietitians and dietetic technicians, registered, may earn one CPE credit hour for attending the event by following the instructions below.

Learning Objectives:
After completing this CPE program, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the differences between fructose and high fructose corn syrup, including chemical structure, dietary sources and health effects
  • Explain the physiological effects associated with fructose intake
  • Discuss new fructose intake data and compare levels eaten by the population with those used in many studies
  • Describe fructose absorption and the problem of fructose intolerance
  • Communicate about sugars in a consumer-friendly manner

Suggested Learning Codes*:
2020 Composition of Foods, Nutrient Analysis
2070 Macronutrients: Carbohydrates, Fat, Protein, Fiber, Water
5220 Gastrointestinal Disorders
6000 Education, Training, and Counseling
* Please note that although learning codes are listed above for this program, you may use any learning code if it is applicable.

Step 1. Please click here to register for this free CPE self-study module.
Step 2. Read the learning objectives for this CPE program as listed above.
Step 3. Download and review the module, “From Science to Communication: Understanding Fructose, HFCS, and Sugars." (PDF; NOTE: You need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view the PDF.)
Step 4.  Review the CPE questions (PDF) for Understanding Fructose, HFCS, and Sugars CPE Module to ensure you have met the program objectives.  When you are finished, view the CPE Answers (PDF).
Step 5. Fill out the evaluation, by clicking here.  
Step 6. Download the Certificate of Completion (PDF) put it in your files to verify completion of the CPE program and to receive one CPE credit hour.

Other Reading:
Journal of Nutrition Supplement: “The State of the Science on Dietary Sweeteners Containing Fructose

IFIC Fact Sheet: “Fast Facts about High-Fructose Corn Syrup

IFIC Review: The Science of Sugars