Corn syrup manufacturers ask FDA for a name change

I’ve got one! How about “disgusting garbage.” Think they might go for it? Personally I can’t stand the taste of corn syrup and it leaves me with a grossed out feeling inside. Over here in Europe they often push beet root sugar (France used to be the dominant producer) and that too gives me the same feeling. Even with the name “beet root sugar” it’s still awful. Although the taste is not that different, it’s the after effect that bothers me.

If I want a sweetener I’ll use either real cane sugar or honey. They can call corn syrup anything they like but it still won’t change the way my body reacts to that junk. Does anyone actually like it compared to real sugar?

The makers of high fructose corn syrup want to sweeten up its image with a new name: corn sugar.

The bid to rename the sweetener by the Corn Refiners Association comes as Americans’ concerns about health and obesity have sent consumption of high fructose corn syrup, used in soft drinks but also in bread, cereal and other foods, to a 20-year low.

The group applied Tuesday to the Food and Drug Administration to get the “corn sugar” name approved for use on food labels. They hope a new name will ease confusion about about the sweetener. Some people think it is more harmful or more likely to make them obese than sugar, perceptions for which there is little scientific evidence.


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