The reincarnation of high fructose corn syrup
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The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) applied Tuesday to the Food and Drug Administration for permission to have high fructose corn syrup officially renamed corn sugar. Why? Is it because corn sugar sounds so pure, so innocent. What do you think? In a machine of public relations stratagem, CFA is hoping high fructose corn syrup will emerge in a brand new light…as corn sugar. High fructose corn syrup or HFCS has taken a beating in recent years. Americans have become more suspicious of this proliferating sweetener, present in a shocking variety of products including colas, crackers, ketchup, salad dressings and cough medicine. The attack on HFCS is resulting in a number of companies advertising the absence of the ingredient in their products, in an attempt to stave of falling sales. For high fructose corn syrup, which increased in consumption 1000% from 1970-1990, this has translated in a 20-year low…not so sweet.
Will the name change the facts?
Today documentation of its increasing presence in a variety of products is well known. Following the trail of HFCS reveals a sweetener more powerful than its counterparts yet added in greater amounts, especially in colas. Over the years the amount of fructose from this product; translates to an alarming annual intake of sugar nationally.
Relative Sweetness Scale – Sucrose = 100
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Furthermore, a search of high fructose corn syrup; there are pages and pages of links providing information as to the danger of the sweetener. For your author it was a bonanza of material, the only decision was what to use…so many choices.There are notable physicians and health care authorities as well standing behind the facts that point to its role in obesity, health issues and reports of mercury as well. Dr. Robert Lustig, Director of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, has taken the lead in translating the research and its outcomes. His presentation, Sugar: the bitter truth is a revealing account documenting the history and the impact of high fructose corn syrup.
The American Medical Association says there is not enough evidence yet to limit its use, although it wants more research. Some sources may identify its problems however, are sympathetic to the consistent attacks on the product. First lady Michelle Obama, who has taken the forefront for healthier food for children, has said she does not want her daughters eating it. Among the websites with information about HFCS’s are many who have compiled a list with the products that contain the sweetener. In addition, there is information regarding products that do not contain the sweetener. With all the information readily available, consumers will have to make their own choice.