Warning: High Fructose Corn Syrup Was Renamed to Natural Sweetener
People finally become aware that the foods we consume affect our waistline and the overall health. Because of this fact, consumers are adopting healthier lifestyle habits and look for healthier food. For this reason, most of the food companies label their products as 100% natural regardless of the exact ingredients within the product.
In this case, people are especially interested whether they consume High Fructose Corn Syrup. The safest way to choose the right one is to buy the brands you trust.
Most of the companies try to hide some ingredients because people avoid consuming such harmful substances. However, one new variety of high fructose corn syrup has appeared.
In fact, this is not the harmless fructose that sweetens fruits but a controversial substance that appears with different names and can cause various health problems.
General Mills’ Vanilla Chex is one particular product or a new variety of the Chex cereal which is found in most discount stores and conventional grocery. If you read the product’s label, you will see that there is “no high fructose corn syrup,” but the nutrition information clearly states the presence of isolated fructose.
If you read the product’s label, you will see that there is “no high fructose corn syrup,” but the nutrition information clearly states the presence of isolated fructose.
You may wonder why would that be a critical issue?
The Corn Refiners Association states that the name underwent a tricky change. Now, ‘fructose’ refers to a product which was formerly known as HFCS-90 or a 90% pure fructose product. If you compare to what is considered regular fructose, it contains either 55 or 42% fructose. That’s the reason why General Mills wants you to stay unaware.
The CPA states that an HFCS-90 is often used in ‘light’ and natural foods, which need very little for sweetness. So, 90% fructose syrups won’t be stated as high fructose corn syrup but fructose syrup or just fructose.
The way they manage this without being punished is very simple.
The elimination of the HFCS description for laboratory sweetener that is 9/10 fructose and calling it fructose, what it is in reality. This is how a processed product such as Vanilla Chex that contains fructose or is simply called by the corn refiners as HFCS-90, can now be declared as high fructose corn syrup-free.