High Fructose Corn Syrup is Natural?

Well, I’ve said it before, but this time its official. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has lost their minds, they now say that high fructose corn syrup is NATURAL. No, I’m not joking. Food Navigator is on it:
High fructose corn syrup may be labeled natural when synthetic fixing agents do not come into contact with it during manufacturing, said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), fuelling further debate on the controversial sweetener…

...”High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is derived from corn, and used primarily to sweeten beverages. The trade group Corn Refiners Association and numerous industry members have long maintained that HFCS is a natural sweetener.

"This is very good news, and makes it clear once again that HFCS is at a parity with sugar," said Audrae Erickson, president of the Corn Refiners Association.

"HFCS contains no artificial or synthetic ingredients or color additives and meets FDA's requirements for the use of the term 'natural.' HFCS, like table sugar and honey, is natural. It is made from corn, a natural grain product."
Reacting to this news, Dr. Fuhrman just announced, “Cocaine is natural!” Kidding, but come on. It’s just as absurd. Now, I’m no super sleuth, but something tells me that the Corn Refiners Association used some of that corn syrup to grease somebody’s pockets.
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Michael - July 10, 2008 3:10 PM

Just goes to show you reading the label doesn't mean much. With all the negative publicity HFCS gets, some people turn to pure cane sugar, honey or maple syrup like it's a health food. I doubt there's much difference between any of the concentrated sweeteners.

peter bircsak - July 10, 2008 3:52 PM

Gerry, We are a Nation of sheeple. Somehow the industrial complex has taken over in the name of profit and not enough of us scream (or care). Everyone should look at the movie "King Korn". It is quite enlightening. Regards, Pete

Jenjen - July 10, 2008 10:21 PM

Cocaine is made using synthetic chemicals, and I don't think there's a way to do it without them. Same with heroin and methamphetamine. But regardless, I would say that corn syrup is about as natural as any of them, and similar to heroin and cocaine in that the source is a plant). And similarly addictive.

Sara - July 10, 2008 10:35 PM

Rhubarb leaves are natural too. That doesn't mean they are good for you. So is poison ivy.

Gerry Pugliese - July 10, 2008 11:46 PM

Hey Sara-

You stole lines from my old stand up comedy routine. ;)

So is snake venom and farts!


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