Rebranding HFCS under Corn Sugar? Know what is what & what you can do.
The FDA is currently considering our comments regarding the Corn Refiners Association's* petition to change the name of High Fructose Corn Syrup(HFCS) to Corn Sugar. YOU (as a consumer) need to be aware of this!
The problem here is: after 30 years of slowly creeping into almost everything processed that represents our food supply, American consumers have been realizing the detrimental effects of ingesting HFCS and therefore, have been avoiding it...This has had a direct impact on lower sales and therefore, the manufacturers want to inject new life into their product under a new, fresh name.
Products with HFCS sales are at a 20-year low due to consumer awareness. More and more science-supported facts indicate that the body metabolizes HFCS differently from table sugar in a way that increases the risk of diabetes, liver disease, and obesity.
If you do not understand the problem behind HFCS, please check out this article: 4 Reasons to Avoid HFCS . It is indeed a problem and your health depends on understanding the choices we have with respect to what we put into our bodies.
Citizens for Health has advocated for access to truthful, non-misleading health info for nearly 20 years, and renaming HFCS is precisely the kind of manipulation they have been working to prevent! They need our help.
What you can do:
- Most important: Post a comment opposing the Corn Refiners' petition by visiting regulations.gov. Near the bottom of the page you'll see "Corn Refiners Association - Citizen Petition". Click on the link to the right: "Submit a Comment".
- Send an email using the form below to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of the FDA, urging them to rejct the Corn Refiners' petition. (Please take a moment to edit the letter - a variety of messages have the broadest impact).
*the lobbying group and manufacturing association that represents makers of HFCS