The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) has petitioned the U.S. FDA to allow manufacturers the option of using the term “corn sugar” instead of “high fructose corn syrup”. In their press release on the subject, they claim that “independent research demonstrates that the current labeling is confusing to American consumers.” They blame “inexact scientific reports and inaccurate media accounts” for the current stigma associated with high fructose corn syrup.
In reality, as opposed to the CRA’s dream world, if you need to lose weight, or if you want to avoid diabetes and heart disease, high-fructose corn syrup is one type of sugar you’ll want to avoid. Part of what makes HFCS such an unhealthy product is that it is metabolized to fat in your body far more rapidly than any other sugar not to mention that its made using GM (Genetically Modified) crops.
Stay away from it regardless of what they call it.
You can read The Corn Refiners Association untrue, unfounded press release here.
Source: PR Newswire September 14, 2010
They started making HFCS long before there were GMO’s, and there is nothing that says GMO’s are used to make all HFCS. The two are not linked.
Thank You Michael for your comment.
Yes you are correct, HFCS was developed by Japanese researchers in the 1970s. HFCS was then introduced in many processed foods and soda drinks in the US over the period of about 10 yrs. And about 20 yrs later GMO foods were introduced, corn being one of the most produced. According to GMO Watch and various sources listed below a large amount of HFCS is made using GM corn. Of course this was not the case 20+ yrs ago. Either way HFCS is extremely bad for our health, especially children who are developing. The fact that HFCS can now be made from GM corn makes it even worse.
Here are some valuable sites the public can visit to get more info or GM crops including corn and HFCS: