Thursday, September 16, 2010

Man Food News Thursday - What's In A Name

It seems that Corn Refiners Association is trying to pull a fast one by changing the name of the widely used and widely scrutinized product High Fructose Corn Syrup to the cute and cuddly name of Corn Sugar. According to the Associated Press the group plans to apply Tuesday to the Food and Drug Administration to get "corn sugar" approved as an alternative name for food labels. Approval could take two years, but that's not stopping the industry from using the term now in advertising.

If you have watched the documentary Food Inc. you how this product has shaped our society today (if you have not watched this film, please do so as it is very eye opening).

The question then becomes why not just use real sugar as apposed to a refined corn sweetener? Sugar and high fructose corn syrup are nutritionally the same, and there's no evidence that the sweetener is any worse for the body than sugar, said Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Did you try a Pepsi or Mountain Dew throwback last year? Tasted like shit, right? Even though the nutritional facts are the same the taste is much different. Bring on the corn sugar!

For more information check out the AP atticle via the link below. Thanks.

Associated Press Article

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