We’re all familiar with corn syrup. It isn’t a healthy thing, by any means. It’s made from corn starch, which is a highly refined product. Refining is a process that removes the majority of the nutrients from a food product. While corn isn’t all that nutritious to begin with, it’s always better to have a food in an unrefined state.
There have been frustrations from consumers about a closely-named product, high fructose corn syrup. This is a more refined, and more processed, product. It has been linked to the increase in cases of diabetes. While refined white sugar and regular corn syrup are bad enough for those who are diabetic or prone to diabetes, they don’t come close to the damage that high fructose corn syrup can cause.
Corporate food producers began to respond to the customer outcry and demand for removal of high fructose corn syrup from products. The problem is, the response only temporarily shifted the sweetener of choice back to sugar or corn syrup, for some companies. For many companies, the action taken was a lot less cooperative, and a lot more sneaky.
Several food manufacturers began to do nothing more than re-label high fructose corn syrup as “corn sugar”. This fooled a lot of their customer base, for a while. The word ‘sugar’ seemed to appease the masses, but it didn’t take long before this trick was exposed. The problem is that it’s still being used, although it was replaced in many products. The image shown above was just taken recently, and is for a store-baked pie.
The hope is that more and more individuals communicate to manufacturers in the form of how they spend their dollars. We can all tell them what we want, and don’t want, through our purchasing habits. If we don’t want it, we won’t buy it. Money talks. Let’s make things loud and clear.
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