High Fructose Corn Syrup Won't Become Corn Sugar

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6/18/2012 10:00 AM   :  13 comments   :  7,714 Views

The Corn Refiners Association petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) several years ago requesting a name change for high fructose corn syrup. According to the Association, the change was to alleviate confusion about the ingredient. However, some believed it was nothing more than a way to trick consumers who had become wary of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
 
Between 1970 and 2005, corn sweeteners like HFCS replaced cane and beet sugars at an increasing rate and became the leading substitute for sucrose because of its lower cost. Analysis conducted in 2005 found that HFCS-42 (one of the popular blends of HFCS) cost an average of $13.6 cents per pound compared to beet sugar that averaged $29.5 cents per pound. Because of its liquid form it is easier to blend in foods than sugar and has become a common sweetening agent in soft drinks, sports drinks, and condiments as well as numerous other processed foods.
 
Last month the FDA formally rejected the name change request largely because the FDA defines sugar as a solid, dried, and crystallized food and not liquid syrup. Did you know that HFCS is just one of many sweeteners produced through the corn refinery process? Let's get to know some of them--and take a look at the corn syrup debate.

Corn syrup has been used in baking and to preserve canned fruits for a long time because of its special properties.
Dextrose provides a little sweetness while also adding bulk and texture that makes it useful as a sweetening agent in gums, jams, and jellies. Dextrose (currently referred to as corn syrup) is important for people seeking sweetening agents but are also fructose-intolerant.
Crystalline fructose is the sweetest of all corn-based sweeteners and is common in reduced-calories foods and beverages.
Polyols are a group of low-calorie refined corn sweeteners frequently listed as erythritol, maltitol, mannitol, sorbitol, and xylitol and more commonly known as sugar alcohols.
 
Confused about whether to avoid or occasionally imbibe in these sweeteners? Here are some great resources to help you learn more as you make choices to reach your weight and health goals.
  • Do you have a favorite holiday or homemade ice cream recipe that calls for corn syrup? Try this recipe to cut the calories while still enjoying great taste. Corn Syrup Substitute

  • Did you know that fructose has a low glycemic index (22) compared to other sweetener sources--especially high fructose corn syrup (62)? Learn more about this interesting refined corn in Nutrition 101: What Is Crystalline Fructose?

  • Did you know that sugar alcohols could cause gastrointestinal upset such as gas, bloating, or diarrhea? Did you know that in some people, sugar alcohols could contribute to problems managing blood sugar levels? If you experience these types of symptoms, it may be worth investigating their presence in your diet by checking out What You Need to Know About Sugar Alcohols and What Are Net Carbs and How Do They Affect Blood Sugar?

  • Unsure if high fructose corn syrup deserves the bad rap it receives? Wonder how it really compares to regular sugar? Check out The Truth about High Fructose Corn Syrup to find out if it is a sweet surprise or health demise.

  • Need to evaluate the added sugar in your diet? Check out the blog Sugar, Oh How Sweet It Is.

  • Want to learn how to control your sweet cravings and incorporate sugar into your diet without going overboard? The 4-week Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge might be just what you are looking for.
 
What do you think about the request to change the name of high fructose corn syrup to corn sugar? Do you think you would understand HFCS better if it had a more "sugary" name?


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  • 13
    another name that I have to remember I am highly allergic to corn products - 7/10/2012   12:40:33 AM
  • 12
    Yes. We usually go to places like St. Thomas and Grand Cayman. Last time we did not rent a car so walked everywhere. Fun and great exercise. We also did things like scuba diving and swimming with the dolphins (me). Our first big trip was the Grand Canyon, and we did lots of walking during an unforgettable trip. - 6/21/2012   11:35:48 PM
  • 11
    I think it's a scam. Like the sludge in ground beef, but not like renaming 'rapeseed oil' into 'canola (because so many heard the 'rape' and stopped).

    I want to know what I'm buying. It's getting harder and harder to know what anything is, given the 'spin' that is put on to almost every word. I'd almost prefer chemical names to the tweaky, cheating verbiage we're stuck with. - 6/20/2012   4:35:12 PM
  • 10
    Thank you for the information. - 6/20/2012   9:23:22 AM
  • 9
    When I was a child in the 50's my mother used it for baking and candy making and it was KARO SYRUP. - 6/19/2012   11:58:02 PM
  • 8
    there's no confusion or misunderstanding from using the current name. It's a syrup, it's made from corn, it has more fructose than traditional corn syrup == high fructose corn syrup. The misunderstandings would come about if they had been allowed to change it!

    (and @blue42down, there is something called cane syrup - it's boiled down (concentrated) sugar cane juice, still in a liquid form. According to wikipedia it is sweeter than molasses because no refined sugar is removed. There's also golden syrup in the UK, but it's NOT made from goldens :^) - 6/19/2012   1:33:09 PM
  • 7
    Y'all can deny the harmful effects of HFCS all you want, caving in to the financial pressure of advertisers for corn industries, but the truth for me is in how my body reacts to presence of HFCS in my food, even when I was deceived because of failing to carefully read the labels, or being unaware due to a labeling change. - 6/19/2012   12:40:56 PM
  • 6
    Eventually like everything else, the hype will go away.
    - 6/19/2012   6:58:01 AM
  • 5
    i don;t know if its simply an overconsumption problem or if it is somehow related to the HFCS but it sure seems fishy that they want to change the name. - 6/18/2012   10:20:45 PM
  • 4
    I'm suspicious of any manufacturer that feels the need to trick or mislead consumers. - 6/18/2012   7:39:28 PM
  • GAYLE119
    3
    lots of good information! Thanks! - 6/18/2012   5:28:21 PM
  • 2
    Thank you for the information. I think it's kind of like politics, everyone wants you to believe that theirs is the better! Thanks for clearing that up. - 6/18/2012   12:35:20 PM
  • 1
    Since I knew what corn syrup was, I never had a problem understanding that High Fructose meant a variantion that was ... higher in fructose. Then again, I'm not one of the people who thinks that makes it the anti-Christ of sweeteners. (Of all things, this made me wonder if there is something called cane syrup.) - 6/18/2012   12:15:26 PM

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