Have You Heard the One About the New Name for Corn Syrup?

I’m a bit behind on the news, being a blogger on hiatus, but I wanted to share this news from The Hufffington Post from about 10 days ago: “The makers of high fructose corn syrup [HFCS] want to sweeten its image with a new name: corn sugar.”

Hoping to clear up confusion, the Corn Refiners Association has asked the federal government for permission to use “corn sugar” in place of HFCS  ever since Americans’ consumption of corn syrup has fallen to a 20-year low. Why the drop in sales? Because everyone knows that HFCS is a factor in obesity.

While it may take the Food and Drug Administration two years to decide on the name,  the Corn Refiners Association is already using it in advertising, including an online marketing campaign (Cornsugar.com) and two new commercials that try to alleviate shopper confusion, showing people who say they now understand that “whether it’s corn sugar or cane sugar, your body can’t tell the difference. Sugar is sugar.”

The problem isn’t what kind of sweetener high fructose corn syrup is; the issue is that the corn industry has been adding it insidiously to all kinds of foods that don’t need it, causing Americans to become addicted to it, and therefore driving them to buy more processed foods.

Read more about why HFCS is not a good substitute for cane sugar.


2 responses to “Have You Heard the One About the New Name for Corn Syrup?

  1. I’ll half agree with you–the problem is certainly that unnecessary sugar is being added to our food. But the problem is ALSO what type of sweetener it is. HFCS affects the body in ways that cane sugar does not.

    Interestingly, I have been traveling recently in many countries where people consume a lot of sugar. However, I see none of the obesity that we have in the US. Not just less; I mean, none. And of course there must be other reasons besides HFCS; but I do believe that the perverted foods we eat is one of the major causes of body distortions. I won’t link you to all the information on HFCS, but if anyone is interested, or doubtful that it’s really worse than cane sugar, then I urge you to spend an hour or two online and read for yourself. The information is not hard to find.

    • Hi Dorothy,

      I do agree with you that the type of sweetener that’s added to our food is important. This post was mainly a synopsis of what The Huffington Post said, but I have covered the HFCS argument you’re defending in past blog posts, in particular, this one from The Ban of High Fructose Corn Syrup Facebook page: https://lifeisfare.wordpress.com/2010/05/09/why-hfcs-is-a-villain/.

      You are so right that the foods we eat in this country are perverted. And that there is a lot of good info. on the web about HFCS and why it’s worse than cane sugar.

      Thanks for your comment and global perspective!

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