Gerry Pugliese for the SUGAR SHOCK! Blog
If you milk an ear of corn, high fructose corn syrup comes out. Apparently the Food and Drug Administration believes this to be true, because they’ve announced that HFCS is natural.
In April, an FDA regulator stated that HFCS could not be considered “natural” because high fructose corn syrup is manufactured using a synthetic fixing agent, Crowley pointed out.
However, the FDA now says that if the synthetic agents—called glutaraldehyde—do not come into contact with the high-dextrose corn starch, they can be considered natural.
This is a big win for the Corn Refiners Association, but this will undoubtedly confuse consumers.
No matter what you call it, high fructose is not natural. What's more, research shows that it can be quite unhealthy. Need reasons why?
- San Francisco Chronicle: Sugar coated
- The Seattle Times: High-fructose corn syrup fueling obesity epidemic, doctors say
- NBC News: High-fructose corn syrup: sugar on crack?
You can also read about HFCS in Connie's book, SUGAR SHOCK! For instance, she discusses some of the recent, eye-opening studies about it.
Personally, I avoid HFCS like the plague. And if I see it on a food label, I don't buy the stuff.