High fructose corn syrup is a safe, natural ingredient | SummitDaily.com

High fructose corn syrup is a safe, natural ingredient

Audrae EricksonPresident, Corn Refiners AssociationWashington, D.C.

RE: Optimizing children’s brains and wellness with nutrition (SDN Sept. 11)We read with interest the Sept. 11 article by Dr. Justin Pollack. The writer unfortunately mischaracterizes high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a natural, homegrown sweetener from U.S. corn fields, by including it in a list of “bad stuff” to avoid.In 1983, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration listed HFCS as “Generally Recognized as Safe” (known as GRAS status) for use in food, and the FDA reaffirmed that ruling in 1996. The human body cannot discern a difference between HFCS, sucrose and honey because they are all nearly compositionally equivalent.Readers should know that HFCS has proven beneficial to consumers through its use in many foods and beverages, including several products that are specifically made for people trying to control their weight. HFCS makes foods such as bread and breakfast cereal “brown” better when baked, and gives chewy cookies and snack bars their soft texture.

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