Is Miller Lite made with corn syrup?


Bud Light says they do. Miller Lite says they don’t. So we’re taking a look to see if we can answer the question, is Miller Lite made with corn syrup?

If you watched Super Bowl LIII, you have probably watched the Bud Light commercial about corn syrup. The beer company used its Super Bowl commercial time to raise awareness to how they don’t use corn syrup; unlikely Miller Lite and Coors Light. MillerCoors was quick to respond, stating they do not use high fructose corn syrup. So what is the truth? Is Miller Lite made with corn syrup or not?

This commercial comes in sync with the new initiative being run by Bud Light. The initiative to be as transparent as possible with what goes in their beer. They started this by listing their ingredients on their product and now they are pointing out what ingredients are used by other breweries.

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If you haven’t seen the Super Bowl commercial that started the debate. Check it out for yourself below.

Now, you can view this commercial in several ways. The first being Bud Light is doing a good thing by not only raising awareness to what they put in their beer but by also pointing out what others put in their beer. Which, may or may not be bad ingredients. Or, you can view this commercial as Bud Light being completely vindictive and trying to make their competition, like Miller Lite and Coors Lite, look bad.

MillerCoors, unsurprisingly, took the looking vindictive option. Here is what MillerCoors had to say about the Super Bowl commercial shortly after.

The National Corn Growers Association also made their voices heard as well, in support of Miller Lite and Coors Lite.

So, with one company saying one thing, and another company saying another thing. Who do you believe? Well, this is what we managed to figure out.

First up, Bud Light. They have always been transparent about what goes in their beer. Ever since 2014, they have made it known what ingredients they use. Only recently have they have started printing their ingredients on their products, but the information has always been readily available. And no, they don’t use corn of any kind. They simply use water, barley malt, rice, and hops.

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Miller Lite and Coors Lite have also been very open about their ingredients as well. While some would like to think they are trying to keep their ingredients secret, they don’t. In fact, they too, in 2014, made it publically known that they use water, barley malt, corn, yeast, and hops to make their beer.

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However, while Miller Lite and Coors Lite admit to using corn, that is not an admission of using high fructose corn syrup. And there is a big difference between the two. But we don’t need to go into the difference between corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup for the purpose of this post.

The point is, neither Bud Light or MillerCoors are lying here. Bud Light has stated they don’t use corn syrup unlike Miller Lite and Coors Lite. Which is true. Equally, MillerCoors admitting to not using high fructose corn syrup is also true, because they use corn syrup rather than high fructose corn syrup.

The best thing about all of this is it doesn’t actually matter that much in the end. According to Men’s Health nutrition advisor Chris Mohr, Ph.D., R.D., the refined sugars from the use of corn syrup, which is what most people are worried about when they see corn syrup used as an ingredient, is actually burned off during the process of brewing the beer.

Coors Lite even came forward to point this one out.

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So yes, Miller Lite does indeed use corn syrup, but ultimately, it’s the beer, in general, that’s giving you the beer belly, not the corn syrup.