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…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.
...”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."