Thursday, September 16, 2010

New Name for Corn Syrup

Apparently, the term 'high fructose corn syrup' (HFCS) is no longer politically correct.  The new name of the sweetener, according to the Corn Refiners Association, will be 'corn sugar.'  It appears that consumption of HFCS is down - a lot - as consumers look to avoid food products that list it as an ingredient.  Studies have shown sugar consumption to be a major player in the incidence of obesity and there is a fair amount of debate about whether HFCS is worse for the body than, say, table sugar. 

For more in this issues, read this article from the Associated Press. As a mom who reads labels, and limits the amount of sugar - in any form - that my kids consume, 'corn sugar' is just another ingredient I'll be on the look-out for.

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