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Proposed Name Change for High-Fructose Corn Syrup Still Misleading

Statement of CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson


The term "high-fructose corn syrup" has misled many people into
thinking that the sweetener is composed largely of fructose. But it is
not. Sugar and high-fructose corn syrup
are nutritionally the same. So soft drinks and other products
sweetened with sugar are every bit as conducive to weight gain as
products sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup. The bottom line is
that people should consume less of all added sugars.

I don't know if "corn sugar" is the best term to replace
"high-fructose corn syrup" because it sounds like the sugars come right
out of the corn. Canada calls the ingredient glucose-fructose syrup;
another option might be "chemically modified corn sweetener."

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