November 29, 2011

Editorial: Corn sugar is better label

An editorial in the Lincoln Journal Star published on Thanksgiving argues for changing the name of "high fructose corn syrup" to "corn sugar."

The editorial makes some great points about the corn-based sweetener and calls on the Food & Drug Administration to approve the change. Be sure to check it out.

Here are a few lines from the editorial:
Currently some consumers seem to think they can benefit their health by switching from products that contain high-fructose corn syrup to those labeled as containing sugar.

That's not what reliable experts say.

The American Dietetic Association says, "Both sweeteners contain the same number of calories and consist of equal parts of fructose and glucose. Once absorbed into the bloodstream, the two sweeteners are indistinguishable."

Dr. Arthur Frank of George Washington University says, "HFC is the chemical and nutritional equivalent of table sugar. The two substances have the same composition, and are metabolized identically."

Michael Jacobsen of the Center for Science in the Public Interest says, "to pretend that a product sweetened with sugar is healthier than high fructose corn syrup is totally misguided."

The name change to corn sugar is accurate, simple and clear. It will help stop consumers from fooling themselves into thinking there is an easier option than avoiding total calories.

The FDA has been receiving public comment for more than a year. There's no reason for the agency to delay longer. It should approve the name change.

Click here to read more at the Journal Star's website.

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