It seems that high fructose corn syrup has gotten a bad name. Likewise, high fructose corn syrup is suspected of causing health problems. As a result, many Americans have begun to reconsider products containing the ingredient. Now, the Corn Refiners Association wants to change the name.
As indicated by A New Name for High-Fructose Corn Syrup, the corn refiners association has requested the term high fructose corn syrup be changed to “corn sugar.” They claim that the original name “confuses” consumers. In addition, even though there have been studies linking HFCS to health ills, professor Marion Nestle says “there is no biochemical difference between table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.” Also, the new name will convey to consumers that HFCS is really just a “mixture of glucose and fructose.”
Right now, there are two camps in the high fructose corn syrup debate. On the one side, there are researchers saying high fructose corn syrup is no different than sugar. On the other side, there are scientists saying it causes obesity and other problems. As reported in Study Finds High-Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury, a study by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy found, “almost half of tested samples of commercial high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) contained mercury.” Yet, the president of the Corn Refiners Association tried to debunk this statement saying the industry has used “mercury-free versions of the two re-agents mentioned in the study, hydrochloric acid and caustic soda, for several years.” Still, the IATP rebutted the statement declaring the mercury was found in products bought in fall “2008.” Another UCLA study claims that HFCS can lead to pancreatic cancer. The findings were based on the idea that fructose helps cancer cells “reproduce.” Indeed, there are many studies out there, yet it is hard for consumer to know the real truth.
I think the real problem is that many of the products containing HFCS are not very healthy. Furthermore, whether they contain high fructose corn syrup, cane juice, agave nectar or sugar, soda and cookies are not good for us, especially on a daily basis. Also, why does juice, salad dressing and tomato sauce need high fructose corn syrup, or sugar, added to it anyhow?
As indicated by the New York Times Blog, the FDA will have six months to decide if this name change is a worthy action to take. Currently, the American Medical Association claims there is not “enough evidence yet” to put limitations on the use of high fructose corn syrup. Yet, this consumer still knows corn sugar is still good old high fructose corn syrup. Personally, I’ll just stick with the saying, “everything in moderation.” Will the new name change your view?
Tara Parker Pope A New Name for High-Fructose Corn Syrup well.blogs.nytimes.com
Study Finds High-Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury, washingtonpost.com
Jonathan Benson Cancer cells love high fructose corn syrup naturalnews.com