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Sugar Is Sugar


High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is center stage and getting a bad rap – again. How much longer can the confusion continue? Why can’t consumers get it? Sugar is sugar.

The American Medical Association says: “Because the composition of HFCS and sucrose are so similar, particularly on absorption by the body, it appears unlikely that HFCS contributes more to obesity or other conditions than sucrose.”

What’s not clear about that? Plenty, I guess.

That’s why the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is going to bat for you on the issue. It’s worked with the Corn Refiners Association, which has filed a petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to call it corn sugar rather than HFCS. Simple solution, huh?

NCGA’s past president Darrin Ihnen says: “The current naming system, which uses the term ‘high-fructose corn syrup’ leads consumers to believe that the product is higher in fructose than other sweeteners. We know that is not true.”

Fact is, HFCS is not higher in fructose than other commonly used nutritive sweeteners, including table sugar, honey and fruit juice concentrates. Like table sugar, it’s roughly half glucose and half fructose and is metabolized by the body in the same way as regular table sugar.

NCGA reports that independent research shows current labeling confuses American consumers. For example, nearly 58% of survey respondents believe HFCS has more fructose than other table sugars when high-fructose corn syrup and table sugar actually contain about the same amount.

You can find the latest on the HFCS front and why changing the name to corn sugar could clear up misconceptions at Also, check out and find more at by typing HFCS into the search box.

Back in December 2008, even the American Dietetic Association (ADA) confirmed that HFCS is “nutritionally equivalent to sucrose (table sugar)” and that the sweeteners contain the same number of calories per gram. ADA went on to say that “once absorbed into the bloodstream, the two sweeteners are indistinguishable.”

Corn sugar comes from a renewable crop, corn, just like beet sugar comes from sugar beets and cane sugar comes from sugarcane. I wonder why the terminology “pure cane sugar” always sounds so healthy?

Once FDA files the petition it will be open for public comment. NCGA will provide information on its website and we’ll keep you informed on our new website, too.

It’s time to put this confusion to rest. 


Check Out Sugar Videos

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