We’re getting the message and finally reading labels! Americans consumed 21 percent less high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in 2009 compared with a decade ago, according to the USDA. Don’t get too excited, though. We’re still ingesting (on average) 35.7 pounds of the inexpensive sweetener each year, and that doesn’t include other types of sugar. Nonetheless, the stats have the Corn Refiners Association scurrying to change HFCS’s reputation.
Concerned about the declining sales of their most popular product, the Corn Refiners Association proposed a name change in the hopes that the new name, 'corn sugar', will more accurately reflect what HFCS actually is – a sugar derived from corn. Excessive intake of sugar in any form can affect blood sugar and weaken immunity, among other health problems, but HFCS, found in many popular brands of soda, juices, and baked goods has been linked to obesity. Research is indicating that it may be metabolized differently in the body than other sugars. Don’t let the name change fool you. The name may change, but the health impact won’t.