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How many ways can you say "high fructose corn syrup"? Too many to count

An HSI member named Noel wants to know… What’s in a name?

Noel writes, “On some frozen fruit juices, listed as a sweetener is corn syrup, not high fructose corn syrup. Is there any difference?”

Great question, Noel. And the easy answer is, “No.”

As I mentioned recently, the Corn Refiners Association has been trying to change the name of HFCS to “corn sugar.” The FDA finally said “No.” Nevertheless, many manufacturers use other names to avoid those four dreaded words.

In addition to “corn syrup,” you might find names like these…

  • Maize syrup
  • Glucose syrup
  • Glucose/fructose syrup
  • Tapioca syrup
  • Dahlia syrup
  • Fruit fructose
  • Crystalline fructose

In Canada, it’s called “glucose-fructose.” And in Europe it’s “isoglucose.” And I’m sure there are more.

If the label doesn’t say “sugar” or “cane sugar,” you can be pretty sure it’s some form of HFCS.

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