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High Fructose Corn Syrup Lobby Group Hopes to Change Name to Corn Sugar

New Name, but Same Sweetener: HFCS = Corn Sugar

The folks that brought you those Sweet Surprise commercials defending high fructose corn syrup a couple of years back are at it again. The Corn Refiners Association is hoping to change the name of the sweet and corny syrup from the much maligned term high fructose corn syrup, to "corn sugar."

The lobby group petitioned for the name change today with the Food and Drug Administration for use on food labels. Although approval for food labeling could take up to two years, the term "corn sugar" is already being used in advertisements. The name makeover is the group's response to a 20-year low in sales of high fructose corn syrup, which has been blamed for the obesity problem. The new ads feature consumers stating, "whether it's corn sugar or cane sugar, your body can't tell the difference. Sugar is sugar." Although the two sweeteners are essentially the same nutrition-wise, HFCS has been linked to hypertension. Research also shows that the body may metabolize HFCS differently than sugar in a way that increases liver disease and diabetes.

What do you think of the name change? Are you buying it?

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GamerDarling GamerDarling 6 years
I think it's absolutely ridiculous. HFcS shouldn't be allowed to get a name change to make it sound less scary. It IS scary, they should be fighting a ban, not just negative public opinion.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Way to try and trick people. They're just trying to change the name so people won't avoid products with it in there. That is so incredibly devious, but I just avoid most processed foods, so if I accidentally get some "corn sugar" in my diet, I think I'll be okay.
amber512 amber512 7 years
Unfortunately, this WILL confuse and trick a lot of people who don't spend time looking things up and/or caring about it.
Spartygirl03 Spartygirl03 7 years
It will still be listed as a sugar, so I will still stay away from it!
LeiraElle LeiraElle 7 years
Ugh, so absurd! Beet and cane sugar (which are usually considered "table sugar") are sucrose. HFCS is, obviously, fructose. Its and entirely different chemical composition. While sucrose breaks down into glucose and fructose during digestion, pure fructose is recognized entirely differently and can mess with your insulin levels (as you mentioned). That aside, the message has already been spread about how terrible it is, and the name change will get around, too. The corn processing industry needs to find a new product.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 7 years
Like I wouldn't look up what corn sugar is when I've never seen that term ever. Also the more I avoid things that have it, no matter what it's called, the more I notice how gross I feel when I have something that has it. Even if it was exactly like real sugar, I don't need it in a lot of the foods it comes in. I stopping ever using pancake syrups because of the ingredients. Sugar in general is in too many things, even some soups.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
wow, way to try and trick people.
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