November 2008 Issue
High-Fructose Corn Syrup a “Natural?”
The soul-searching may have been prompted by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy group that threatened a lawsuit against the maker of HFCS-sweetened 7UP, which called itself "natural." The company has since backed down; 7UP ads now say they contain "100% natural flavors." The latest brouhaha is over industry ads that claim HFCS has "the same natural sweeteners as table sugar and honey." Can Highly Processed=Natural? Just how natural is HFCS? It does start with a natural ingredientócornóbut see if the following sounds "natural" to you: According to the trade association for HFCS makers, the ubiquitous sweetener is made by soaking corn in sulfur dioxide, separating the corn starch using high speed centrifuges, adding enzymes to separate out sugar molecules, adding magnesium and using a series of filters and separation procedures.
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