High Fructose Corn Syrup Has Changed Its Name
In the past, manufacturers have listed high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as a sweetener in their foods. This left a lot of consumers weary when buying products with this ingredient. However, now manufacturers are simply listing the ingredient as “fructose” on the ingredient list. Fructose is the sugar found naturally in fruits, honey and agave.
According to the Corn Refiners Association (CRA), fructose now is in place of HFCS-90, which meant that 90% of that ingredient was comprised of fructose. Regular HFCS contains 42-55% fructose. Fructose induces a higher glycemic response than regular table sugar, or sucrose (this is why it’s so important to never eat fruit on its own and always pair it with a protein).
Often times, food products use HFCS-90 because such a little amount is needed to provide sweetness, but now companies aren’t listing the specific concentration of fructose, just simply, fructose.
In all actuality, the manufacturers aren’t doing anything wrong, as HFCS is fructose, so it’s not a lie. Just remember to now keep an eye out for “fructose” on those package labels.