Because of the effects of high fructose corn syrup and it being in many products from soft drinks to breads to condiments, HFCS has taken a hit in the past 20 years, says Associated Press. (If you are not aware of the link between HFCS and obesity, here is a little look). More and more consumers are becoming aware of what kinds of products contain HFCS and adjusting their choices in products to avoid it because of the speculated sugar’s link to obesity.
Now that almost everyone knows about HFCS, the Corn Refiners Association has asked the FDA to change the name to “corn sugar” because they feel as though there is confusion among consumers, but is it something new?
The truth is, no. Do not let the proposed name change confuse you. It is the same thing, just with a better name. Great marketing idea, huh? Corn sugar is high fructose corn syrup which is sugar; and at the end of the day sugar is sugar.
They are waiting to see what the FDA has to say and even IF the FDA approves the name change, it will take almost 2 years to see it on labels.
I do not know how others feel, but I definitely feel as though they are trying to trick us! I mean why else would they change the name from HFCS to corn sugar?
What are your thoughts?
New York Times' article on the change