25 Years of Food Follies: 1987-2012

We're looking back at oddball food trends and nutritional nonsense. By: Jenny Everett

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Corn syrup looks to sweeten its name
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2010 | Corn syrup looks to sweeten its name

Dogged by public concern that high-fructose corn syrup poses a risk for obesity and diabetes, the Corn Refiners Association petitions the FDA to change the widely used sweetener's name to "corn sugar." According to a 2009 study, 58% of American consumers worry that HFCS poses a special health hazard. In fact, the composition of most HFCS is quite similar to white sugar (55% fructose versus 50% fructose), meaning there's not much difference between the two. Sugar producers fire back by lobbying the FDA to block the change, charging it would mislead consumers and taint regular sugar's reputation.

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