Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sugar pushes high fructose corn syrup off some food product labels

Sugar and high fructose corn syrup are still tussling over their spot on ingredient lists of food products. In some cases sugar is replacing corn syrup.

The bright red label on a bottle of Ocean Spray cranberry juice cocktail boasts that it contains no high fructose corn syrup. Its sweet replacement: sugar.

Other juice makers also have replaced the sweetener with cane or beet sugar, as have such big-name products as Log Cabin syrup, some Kraft Foods dressings and certain Pepsi products. Starbucks has undertaken a switch from high fructose corn syrup to sugar in its bakery goods.

The turnabout is another step in the ongoing demonization of high fructose corn syrup, a potent symbol of processed food's many evils. Since use of the sweetener exploded in the 1980s, it has been derided as unnatural and lacking any meaningful nutritional value, often mentioned in the same breath as such food villains as trans fats and artificial dyes.

Read the Entire Article at The Seattle Times

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