Monday, April 12, 2010

Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Considered A Natural Ingredient?

Anything "Natural" should exist in nature- right?

We get a lot of readers writing in to ask us whether or not a product containing High Fructose Corn Syrup can be labeled as "natural" or "all natural." The latest was from Kirby, who questioned whether HFCS-containing "All Natural" sodas are indeed "all natural." And, at least according to the FDA, the answer is "yes."

While some companies have changed their labeling of products containing HFCS in recent years, it hasn't been done at the behest of the FDA.

Around two years ago, someone at the FDA issued a statement that they believed the process for producing HFCS negated its claim to the "natural" label. But that was a short-lived victory for anti-HFCS types.

In July 2008, the FDA sent a memo to the Corn Refiners Organization clarifying their position on the topic -- not surprisingly in favor of the corn refiners.

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