I watched a crawler on a news channel yesterday morning and was horrified to see that the Corn Refiners Association has asked the FDA to rename the highly controversial “high-fructose corn syrup” as “corn sugar” on food labels and I thought to myself that you cannot get more shady than that!
Apparently this request comes after healthy and anti-obesity campaigns have driven the consumption of high-fructose corn syrup (used in so many processed and other foods in the US) to a 20 year low.
Good news about this is that these healthy and anti-obesity campaigns are working!
Approval of this new name could take 2 years but not wanting to waste any time at all, the industry concerned has immediately started a campaign complete with a dedicated web site and TV commercials to promote "corn sugar".
More good news
The other good news – and perhaps the Corn Refiners Association has not thought of this – is that only people who care about their health and their weight actually read food labels for the ingredients of what they are buying or eating. Those same people are very soon going to cotton on to this scam and quickly realize that “corn sugar” and “high fructose corn syrup” are one and the same hazard to their health - particularly if those same healthy and anti-obesity campaigns do an intensive education of their public.
Blog sites such as our own will of course make it their business to give this maximum coverage
The rest of the buying public is not going to care or want to know anyway until their health deteriorates to such an extent that they get a “wake up” call.
So what exactly is high fructose corn syrup or HFCS?
It is a highly refined clear liquid derived from corn starch. Food manufactures love to use it because of its long shelf life and its relativly low cost. It has the same effect as sugar but it is cheaper for those food manufacturers to use. It is widely known that sugar is addictive and that the maximum amount you should consume per day is 6 teaspoonfuls.
Since HFCS’s widespread introduction in the 1980s, US obesity rates have gone through the roof and off course obesity has been linked to many heath issues including heart disease and different forms of cancer. When HFCS is ingested, it travels straight to the liver which turns the sugary liquid into fat, and unlike other carbohydrates, HFCS does not cause the pancreas to produce insulin which acts as a hunger quenching signal to the brain.
What happens when you eat food with HFCS?
You get stuck in a vicious cycle, eating food that gets immediately stored as fat and never feeling full.
HFCS is found in almost everything we eat today with soft drinks being the absolute worst culprit. A 12 oz can of cola has up to 13 tsp of sugar (most of it fructose from HFCS). There is HFCS hidden in many of our other food as well, such as ketchup, relish, cookies and even supposedly low fat diet foods!
Manufacturers substitute HFCS for the fat in processed foods
Food like mayonnaise and salad dressings and then mark them as low fat or diet foods.
If you can avoid HFCS, your lifestyle will immediately take a change for the better and remember that all soft drinks are laden with HFCS. Try to eat more home cooked and prepared meals as restaurant and take out foods are often pre-packaged foods reheated and served to you. Use of HFCS in these foods is wide spread because of their increased shelf life. When you do your grocery shop, learn to read ALL the labels and if HFCS, fructose, or modified corn starch appears within the first 5 ingredients, put the product back on the shelf and move on. You will be shocked to see just how much of what you have been eating on a daily basis contains HFCS.
If you reduce HFCS?
Reduce HFCS and you will feel stronger and more vital, lifting your mood and increasing your concentration. That stomach will shrink and your health will improve in leaps and bounds! And make sure you do your good deed for the day and spread the word about the The Corn Refiners Association trying to pull the wool over everyone's eyes with this proposed name change.