Consumers Increasingly Avoiding High Fructose Corn Syrup ... Are You?
Getty ImagesBig Brother is watching you, this time through manufacturers monitoring consumers' buying patterns of food items with (or without) high fructose corn syrup. In 2010, the label on one out of every 50 new food products read "no high fructose corn syrup," compared to one out of every 500 products in 2006. Similarly, in 2006, 20 percent of consumers avoided products with high fructose corn syrup, but currently 35 percent of consumers avoid the products.
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding this sweetener, especially as Americans' consumption of it fell to a 20-year low in 2010. The Corn Refiners Association is currently hoping to re-brand high fructose corn syrup as "corn sugar." However, consumer groups have petitioned the FTC and sugar companies have filed a lawsuit against the re-branding, claiming that the term is inaccurate and that it should not be equated with natural sugar. The sugar companies believe that they have suffered from lost profits as a result. The corn industry sees otherwise and believes the case has no merit.
The debate may remain fierce (see the Corn Refiners Association's "Sweet Surprise" attempt to debunk the HFCS myths), but in the meantime, consumers aren't buying it ... literally.
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