Changing the name of High Fructose Corn Syrup will likely improve image, study shows

Recently, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has come under fire from several different directions. A number of studies conducted over the past few decades indicate that consumption of HFCS is connected with a wide range of health concerns, including a significant risk of weight gain and obesity, increased risk of developing type-2 diabetes, long-term liver damage, and mercury exposure. While none of the studies are conclusive, the bad press has been enough to make many companies turn away from HFCS and offer bizarre alternatives like sugar and honey in their products. Hunt’s, one of the largest manufacturers of ketchup in the world, has dropped HFCS altogether from its ingredients. More and more companies are following suit.

HFCS is manufactured from genetically modified corn by a single company in the U.S. The company maintains four sets of accounting books and goes by four different names—Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill, Staley Mfg, and CPC International—to avoid the appearance of monopoly, which is still technically illegal. The image above is one of 16 plants that manufacture HFCS in the U.S. This one has the name Archer Daniels Midland applied to it and is in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

To combat the bad press and growing desire of Americans to eat real food, the HFCS Industry has decided to change the name of its product to “corn sugar.” The FDA has to approve the name change, but that shouldn’t be a problem. Virtually all of the people who work at the FDA previously worked in either the manufactured food or pharmaceutical industry, and at better money. When their stint with the FDA is done, virtually all will return and therefore do not want to anger their once and future bosses. In fact, the very head of the FDA’s food safety division worked as a lawyer for agribusiness giant Monsanto, the very company that developed the genetically modified corn out of which HFCS is made.

A study conducted in mid-2010 by the HFCS Industry revealed that Americans are receptive to “corn sugar,” while not so much to “high fructose corn syrup.”

“The problem isn’t that our product is unnatural and bad for health,” says Patricia Woertz, who currently pretends to be the CEO of the Archer Daniels Midland wing of the HFCS Industry. “It’s that it’s perceived incorrectly. By changing the name, Americans will view it as a safe and natural sweetening agent.”

The study clearly shows that not only are Americans difficult for big business to manipulate, but are blessed with an excellent educational system to boot.

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Sources & other info:
Mr. Taylor, the current food safety czar & former bovine growth hormone lobbyist
Danger: High Fructose Corn Syrup
5 Health Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup
The Murky World of High Fructose Corn Syrup
New Name for High Fructose Corn Syrup Will Make It Healthier

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