The Corn Refiners Association applied Tuesday to the federal government for permission to use the name on food labels. The group hopes a new name will ease confusion about the sweetener, which is used in soft drinks, bread, cereal and other products.
via Huffington PostGoodbye High Fructose Corn Syrup, Hello Corn Sugar (Signed, Corn Industry). This isn’t surprising—Americans are increasingly hesitant to use the plethora of products made with the cheap, imitation sugar. The corn industry, which stands to profit from everyone consuming as much “sugar” from their product as possible, naturally wants us all to quietly stop complaining and ingest more.
“Sugar is sugar,” they cry—and some scientific research agrees, while others prefer to hold off until there’s further research. For me, it seems pretty simple: we don’t need sugar in an ever-increasing array of foods. Sugar is a great energy source, but we’ve become as addicted to it as we’re addicted to cheap crude oil. HFCS is an even cheaper way of introducing sugar (fructose and sucrose) than other “normal” sugars, which is devastating for all consumers: we need less, not more, in our diet!
It’s not easy to avoid sugar in the American diet, and it’s increasingly difficult to avoid HFCS. For your (and my) own good, though, it’s worth pursuing. Call it HFCS or call it “corn sugar,” the net effect is the same: bad.