High Fructose Corn Syrup is Not Natural Food

Posted on April 3, 2008  Comments (2)

HFCS is not ‘natural’, says FDA

Products containing high fructose corn syrup cannot be considered ‘natural’ and should not be labeled as such, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said.

Industry group Sugar Association, as well as consumer groups such as the Center for Science in the Public Interest categorically maintain that HFCS cannot be considered natural because its chemical bonds are broken and rearranged in the manufacturing process. The debate raged on for one simple reason: FDA does not define the term ‘natural’, and it has therefore been left open to different interpretations.

However, in response to an inquiry from FoodNavigator-USA.com, the regulatory agency examined the composition of HFCS, which it said is produced using synthetic fixing agents. “Consequently, we would object to the use of the term ‘natural’ on a product containing HFCS,” the agency’s Geraldine June said in an e-mail to FoodNavigator-USA.com. June is Supervisor of the Product Evaluation and Labeling team at FDA’s Office of Nutrition, Labeling and Dietary Supplements.

High fructose corn syrup is also high on the list of problem foods from a health perspective.

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2 Responses to “High Fructose Corn Syrup is Not Natural Food”

  1. Jessica C
    April 3rd, 2008 @ 4:21 pm

    Hmmm… I’m not too sure this passes the smell test. This is quite a departure and the staffer certainly has an opinion but FDA policy isn’t made by some GS-13 either. The article is so deceptive it looks like it was written by Big Sugar.

  2. Curious Cat Science Blog » Researchers Find High-Fructose Corn Syrup Results in More Weight Gain
    March 23rd, 2010 @ 8:24 am

    “A Princeton University research team has demonstrated that rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same…”

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