In a bold decision to not publicly defy that which is logic, the FDA decided to deny the request by the Corn Refiner’s Association to rename high-fructose corn syrup “corn sugar”, the reason being that by definition HFCS is a syrup and not a sugar substance. Sugar is defined as a solid, dried, and crystallized food product according to the FDA. Kudos to them for letting this sugar-on-crack keep its original name.
Simultaneously, the California Right to Know initiative is working to label genetically modified ingredients on grocery-store shelves. If national demand for labeling of genetically modified ingredients persists as fervently as it has over the past few years, companies that sell high-fructose corn syrup may have to also label their product as including genetically modified ingredients.
Consumption of high-fructose corn syrup has been linked to obesity, diabetes, and most recently to deterioration of proper brain functioning. Yikes! So much for the idea that the Corn Refiners association is trying to push that “sugar is sugar”.
Speaking of which, I wonder what will happen to those wonderfully deceptive “Sugar is Sugar” commercials that have been bombarding us through the media? Shall I suggest “high-fructose corn syrup is high-fructose corn syrup”? Doesn’t have the same ring to it. . .
Washington Post May 31, 2012 “Corn sugar? FDA says no to new name for high fructose corn syrup”
Huffington Post May 31, 2012 article “High Fructose Corn Syrup: FDA Rejects ‘Corn Sugar’ as New Name
Naturalnews.com May 22, 2012 “Drinking high fructose corn syrup really does make you stupid”
Diabetesdaily.com 2009 “Chart: Obesity and High Fructose Corn Syrup” by David Edelman
Sciencedaily.com August 23, 2007 “Soda Warning? High-Fructose Corn Syrup Linked to Diabetes, New Study Suggests”