Scientific facts about one of the ingredients mentioned in the White Rock Organics release (http://www.npicenter.com/anm/templates/newsATemp.aspx?articleid=12002&zoneid=9) , high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) – a natural sweetener from Midwest cornfields.
· HFCS contains approximately equal ratios of fructose and glucose similar to table sugar. The human body cannot discern a difference between HFCS, table sugar (sucrose) and honey because they are all nearly compositionally equivalent. According to USDA data, the increase in per-capita use of HFCS occurred simultaneously with a one-to-one substitution away from sugar. Overall, the ratio of fructose to glucose has been relatively unchanged in the American diet.
· Chewy cookies, snack bars and other baked goods derive their soft and moist texture from HFCS. As well, HFCS retains moisture and resists crystallization after baking. HFCS provides sweetness intensity equivalent to sugar and can replace sugar in one-for-one proportions. The sweetness profile of HFCS enhances many fruit, citrus and spice flavors in beverages, bakery fillings and dairy products.
· HFCS promotes freshness in several ways. HFCS actually inhibits microbial spoilage by reducing water activity and extends shelf life through superior moisture control. Foods also taste fresher because HFCS protects the firm texture of canned fruits and reduces freezer burn in frozen fruits.
· HFCS has been 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.
· 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 American Dietetic Association notes that: “Consumers can safely enjoy a range of nutritive and nonnutritive sweeteners when consumed in a diet that is guided by current federal nutrition recommendations … as well as individual health goals.”
For more information about HFCS, please visit www.HFCSfacts.com.
Audrae Erickson, President
Corn Refiners Association
1701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006