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FDA says HFCS is HFCS; it is not corn sugar | Food Politics

Cheers to the FDA.  It just said a firm no to the Corn Refiners’ petition to be allowed to call High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) “corn sugar.”

The Corn Refiners ran into a lot of opposition to High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) in recent years.  Many claimed it wasn’t “essentially” the same as sugar syrup and was, in fact, unhealthy.  The Corn Refiners first move was to broadcast commercials claiming no difference between the two.  This gained so much attention good and bad that even Saturday Night Live spoofed their commercials!  So the Corn Refiners’ next step was to just change the name from HFCS to “corn sugar”.  The FDA put an end to that!

The real story behind HFCS is that, at a time years ago when the U.S. was (and still is) propping up the market price of U.S. sugar, and at the same time subsidizing U.S. corn production, we had expensive sugar and cheap corn.  Along came the Japanese with a discovery of how to synthesize glucose from corn and then synthesize fructose from that, and then mix them together to roughly match the 50/50 mix of glucose and fructose in sugar.  That became HFCS and totally revolutionized the food industry.  This cheap substitute for natural sugar syrups such as cane sugar syrup quickly became the defacto ingredient in almost everything you find now in stores and fast-food restaurants.  Along with that, the low price of HFCS encouraged the super-sizing of beverages we see today.  What a mess!  With this in mind, you can see why there is so much anger about HFCS.

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