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High Fructose Corn Syrup Has a New Name – and It’s Sneaking Back Into Food

It seems like you just can’t keep a bad ingredient down. High Fructose Corn Syrup is back in a big way. And this time it’s got a fancy new name, “Isolated Fructose”. Now that consumers are starting to catch on to just how bad HFCS can be for you, manufacturers have changed their approach. General Mills is one of the first manufacturers to push the new ingredient. They’ve replaced the HFCS in their Vanilla Chex cereal with the “new” ingredient. While General Mills hasn’t addressed the change, the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) has copped to it. According to the CRA, they’re “now using the term “fructose” to denote a product previously called…HFCS-90. This is 90 percent pure fructose, as opposed to regular HFCS, which contains either 42 or 55 percent fructose.” We know as consumers that making purchasing decisions based on labels that simply state “all natural” or “100% natural” isn’t a full proof method. Now it appears that when a label reads “no high fructose corn syrup”, we can’t take that as an accurate statement either. So next time you’re in the grocery store, check the labels of your favorite food(s) that tout “no HFCS” and see if Isolated Fructose has been added.

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