What the Heck Is Corn Sugar?

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What the Heck Is Corn Sugar?
Thu, 09-16-2010 - 4:35pm

What the Heck Is Corn Sugar?

Will calling high-fructose corn syrup by another name make it more appealing?

Scan the store shelves and you’ll see labels on everything from sliced bread to juice boxes proclaiming: “Contains no High-Fructose Corn Syrup.” It’s no wonder a lot of Americans have a negative view of the sweetener. If so many companies are going out of their way to tell us they aren’t using something in their products, then it must be bad for us and our kids, right?

Actually, the jury is still out on that, but the perception has been a powerful one. Sales of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are reportedly at a 20-year low. In an effort to reverse the perception and the sales numbers, the trade group, the Corn Refiner’s Association (CRA), has now petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to change its name from high-fructose corn syrup simply to “corn sugar” instead.

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