September 14, 2010

What is Corn Sugar?

There has been a lot of buzz lately about corn sugar -- the new name proposed for high fructose corn syrup. You may wonder what the difference is, but there isn't one, just a marketing ploy to improve the bad reputation high fructose corn syrup has earned over the past few years.

In my article High Fructose Corn Syrup -- better than sugar? I wrote about the negative health effects associated with high fructose corn syrup. A common ingredient in processed foods, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that HFCS accounts for roughly 41 percent of all caloric sweeteners consumed in the U.S.

As the New York Times reports, food products such as Hunt’s Ketchup, Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice and Wheat Thin crackers have stopped using high fructose corn syrup. The F.D.A. has six months to respond to the name-change petition. If the agency accepts it, the decision on whether to allow the name “corn sugar” on food labels may take another 12 to 18 months.

No matter if it is called high fructose corn syrup or corn sugar, it is still best to avoid. In excess, sugar is poison to our body and creates unwanted stress on our hormones and nervous system. Eat real foods, without the added corn sugar -- no matter how enticing its new marketing package is.

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