HFCS should be named as corn sugar

Corn sugarA petition that calls for allowing terming of high fructose corn syrup as corn sugar has been supported by the National Corn Growers Association.

American consumers are getting confused with the current labelling of the product, Independent research demonstrated. According to the NCGA, clarity will be brought to the confusion that is prevailing between HFCS and sugar. Corn Refiners Association with the U. S. Food and Drug Administration filed the petition.

There have been reports about nutritional value and the health benefits of HFCS and this led to the CRA making its request.

It was confirmed by the American Dietetic Association in December 2008 that the nutritional value of high fructose corn syrup and sugar was similar as same number of calories were contained by both the sweeteners. The two sweeteners are indistinguishable once absorbed into the bloodstream, ADA found.

The FDA will allow consumers to make informed choices based in strong, credible science by allowing HFCS the same naming convention as other processed sweeteners such as cane and beet sugar.

Public comment would be invited once the FDA files the petition and information to its members will be provided by the NCGA at that time.