Itâ€™s not like people are going to say, â€œhey itâ€™s corn sugar, alright, pop open that soda can!â€Â The fact is that the people who care most about high fructose corn syrup are the people most likely to read food labels.Â To folks like us, changing the name is not only irrelevantÂ but adds to our distrust of the product.
Perhaps itâ€™s all moot, after all, people like me have a bad impression as it is, regardless of whether they change the name or not.
But, hereâ€™s what really irritates me, or two.
CRA folks will tell you that HFCS is the same as sugar.Â The human body cannot tell the difference.Â After all, the body breaks down sugar (or sucrose) to glucose and fructose.Â HFCS is linked glucose and fructose which the body breaks down accordingly.
Fine, HFCS is â€œmolecularlyâ€ the sameÂ as sugar.Â But hereâ€™s my thing â€“ most food manufacturerâ€™s use HFCS for two reason.
- First, itâ€™s cheaper than regular sugar.Â
- Second, it extends shelf life.Â
Hereâ€™s my problem, it may be the â€œsameâ€ as sugar, but in reality; itâ€™s value comes from being a cheap version of sugar that extends shelf life (which sugar cannot, as far as I know or read). That just canâ€™t be good.
But on a larger point, hereâ€™s what all the anti-HFCS people and food manufacturers who are switching “label syrup” to sugar miss â€“ they are both bad!
HFCS is empty calories.Â Sugar is empty calories.Â Both have no nutritional value.Â Both will make you obscenely fat.
I think CRA folks would be far better served to help promote healthy eating and lifestyle versus this marketing shell game of changing names.Â
I generally avoid HFCS; but because it is everywhere, it does occasionally make it onto my plate.Â Especially when we are dining out, itâ€™s difficult.Â Also, there are some snacks that I absolutely love and they have HFCS in it.Â
Because I love those cookies, HFCS is not a deal breaker.
Iâ€™m guessing this is true for a lot of folks.
But this marketing scheme to run away from the bad press makes me want to avoid it even more.
And again, the true â€œenemyâ€ is sugar.Â That a ketchup company has changed from HFCS to sugar is nice, but for health purposes, itâ€™s really irrelevant.