Saturday, September 25, 2010

Help Rename High-Fructose Corn Syrup

The companies that make high-fructose corn syrup want to pick a new name for the sweetener, so we’re asking Well readers to help.

We asked a panel of nutrition experts what they thought about the term “corn sugar,” which is the name suggested by the Corn Refiners Association. We also asked them to offer their own ideas.

Read what they have to say and then vote on your favorite, or write in your own sweet suggestion in the Comments box, below.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

States expand efforts to combat 'funny honey'

"People were taking raw honey, adding high fructose corn syrup and marketing it as grade A USDA No. 1 honey, but there is no such thing"

You might call them the Honey Police — beekeepers and honey producers ready to comb through North Carolina to nab unscrupulous sellers of sweet-but-bogus "funny honey."

North Carolina is the latest state to create a standard that defines "pure honey" in a bid to curb the sale of products that have that label but are mostly corn syrup or other additives. Officials hope to enforce that standard with help from the 12,000 or so Tar Heel beekeepers.

"The beekeepers tend to watch what's being sold, they watch the roadside stands and the farmer's markets," said John Ambrose, an entomologist and bee expert at North Carolina State University who sits on the newly created Honey Standards Board.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

WHOOPS: 'Corn Sugar' Already Taken, FDA Definition Excludes HFCS

Thanks to alert reader Glen for pointing out that the FDA already has a regulation for Corn Sugar in the Code of Federal Regulations, under food substances "Generally Recognized as Safe" (GRAS). ...

The Corn Refiners have just petitioned the FDA to be allowed to use the name "corn sugar" to apply to both glucose/dextrose and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). But the existing definition seems to exclude HFCS. While HFCS is about half glucose, it is also about half fructose, and its manufacture from corn starch requires one more enzyme.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

What Do High Fructose Corn Syrup and Diddy Have in Common?

High fructose corn syrup is attempting to join a long line of corporate name-switchers, from Diddy (formerly P. Diddy, and even more formerly, Puff Daddy) to prunes (now also known, with fewer digestive-system connotations, as “dried plums”).

The Corn Refiners Association said today it has petitioned the FDA to let manufacturers instead use “corn sugar” as an alternative, hoping to “provide clarity for consumers” who are confused about the sweetener, Audrae Erickson, president of the refiners group, tells the Health Blog.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

QSR Magazine Investigates the Future of High Fructose Corn Syrup

QSR Magazine, a business-to-business publication for foodservice executives and operators, announced today the cover story of its latest issue. The Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup investigates the possibility of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) becoming the next ingredient banned from menus. HFCS is found in a myriad of products and has garnered considerable media attention for its perceived health risks, especially with regard to fast food nutrition.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

A Shocking Breakdown of a Fast Food meal:

I wanted to show you a surprising breakdown of a typical fast food meal that MOST people don’t realize…

Here goes… Did you realize that when you eat a typical meal at a Fast Food joint, that you are basically eating almost entirely CORN (genetically modified corn too) … and no, there is really NOTHING healthy about eating almost all of your calories from corn!

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

HFCS – The Poison that Promotes Obesity and Liver Damage

Two new studies have added more reason for concern that high-fructose corn syrup causes significantly more harm to the body than its mere sugar content would suggest.

High-fructose corn syrup contains 55 percent fructose and 45 percent glucose. In contrast, table sugar (also known as sucrose) contains a 50-50 split.

In the first study, published in the journalPharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, researchers from Princeton University found that rats consuming high fructose corn syrup gained more weight and developed more cardiovascular risk factors than rats consuming equivalent amounts of sucrose.

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