High Fructose Corn Syrup Fails to Reinvent Itself as 'Corn Sugar'

The makers of high fructose corn syrup are no doubt crying sugar sweet tears into their sodas today over the news that the FDA has ruled that they cannot change the name of their product to "corn sugar." The Corn Refiners Association had asked to change the name because they said people had a "bad impression of HFCS because of its complicated name." Ha. Or it's because we've been told repeatedly that it causes diabetes, obesity, and any number of other problems. But, yes, it's probably the lengthy moniker that gave it a bad name. Not that corn sugar even sounds all that different from corn syrup, but whatever... In any event, the FDA said no to corn sugar because technically sugar is "solid, dried, and crystallized," and syrup is "an aqueous solution or liquid food." (Sounds delicious!) Also there's apparently something else already on the market called corn sugar. Well, maybe they ought to aim for something completely new and different in a name. How about corn candy? Punch in the pancreas? Metabolism melter? Can't see why you wouldn't want to eat a piece of candy with one of those as the primary ingredient.

FDA Rules Corn Syrup Can't Change Its Name To Corn Sugar [WNYC]


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