Skip to comments.Sugar Is Back on Food Labels, This Time as a Selling Point
Posted on 03/21/2009 3:32:08 PM PDT by neverdem
Sugar, the nutritional pariah that dentists and dietitians have long reviled, is enjoying a second act, dressed up as a natural, healthful ingredient.
From the tomato sauce on a Pizza Hut pie called The Natural, to the just-released soda Pepsi Natural, some of the biggest players in the American food business have started, in the last few months, replacing high-fructose corn syrup with old-fashioned sugar.
ConAgra uses only sugar or honey in its new Healthy Choice All Natural frozen entrees. Kraft Foods recently removed the corn sweetener from its salad dressings, and is working on its Lunchables line of portable meals and snacks.
The turnaround comes after three decades during which high-fructose corn syrup had been gaining on sugar in the American diet. Consumption of the two finally drew even in 2003, according to the Department of Agriculture. Recently, though, the trend has reversed. Per capita, American adults ate about 44 pounds of sugar in 2007, compared with about 40 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup...
Some shoppers prefer cane or beet sugar because it is less processed. High-fructose corn syrup is produced by a complex series of chemical reactions that includes the use of three enzymes and caustic soda.
Others see the pervasiveness of the inexpensive sweetener as a symbol of the ill effects of government subsidies given to large agribusiness interests like corn growers.
But the most common argument has to do with the rapid rise of obesity in the United States, which began in the 1980s, not long after industrial-grade high-fructose corn syrup was invented. As the amount of the sweetener in the American diet has expanded, so have Americans.
Both sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are made from glucose and fructose. The level of fructose is about 5 percent higher in the corn sweetener.
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That's wrong. Cane sugar or beet sugar is sucrose which is one to one compound of fructose and glucose. I used to think what's the big deal with HFCS? Both fructose and glucose are 6 carbon sugars and have the same amount of calories. That was until I read some papers describing de novo lipogenesis when fructose is metabolized.
According to Maureen Storey, Ph.D., CFNAP director and a member of the study team, there are three types of HFCS products (HFCS-55, HFCS-42, and HFCS-90), but only HFCS-55 and HFCS-42 are commonly used as sweeteners. HFCS-90 is mainly used in the production of HFCS-55, but is seldom directly added to foods and beverages. The composition of HFCS-55 (55% fructose and 42% glucose) is very similar to that of sucrose (50% fructose and 50% glucose). HFCS-42 (42% fructose and 53% glucose) actually contains less fructose than sucrose does.
So in HFCS-55, it's fructose 55% to glucose 42%, that's almost one third more fructose compared to glucose.
Methinks this is more about the rising cost of corn syrup (because of ethanol) than about being “natural.”
remember what Michael the Archangel said: “You can never have too much sugar.”
Is it any surprise that so many people in this country are obese and that reported cases of diabetes are on the rise?
Sugar consumption is important but I happen to believe that the massive consumption of simple carbs (other than sugars) is the real culprit in the unprecedented proliferation of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, and btw, heart disease.
Just direct me to the Coca-Cola made with sugar instead of corn syrup.
Heck — they used to advertise their sugar content — brag about it. Remember “Sugar Jets” cereal? How about “Sugar Frosted Flakes”? Or Post Sugar Crisp?
Next, I’d like to see more honesty in the ingredients. I can’t believe they can get away with “dehydrated cane juice” for sugar.
“Corn Pops” used to be “Sugar Pops”.
For years Coke has used high-fructose corn syrup in the USA while Coke in Canada (only 5 or 6 miles from where I live) has used real sugar. The difference in taste is remarkable. Corn syrup may be sweet and no more calories than sugar, but sugar beats it hands down for actual taste.
I can tell you that real sugar tastes better.
I was in Bangladesh and thirsty, keep in mind, the chances of getting a civilized, properly chilled beverage decreases exponentially the further you get away from the USA. I had the choice of warm brominated water out of my canteen or warm Coca Cola from a little shack beside the road. I chose the Coke, really regretting that I was probably 100 miles away from the nearest safe cube of ice. I popped the top and took a swig, immediately, I flashed back to my childhood and how much I loved Coke back then. Even luke warm, it was awsome. It hit me later that it was made with sugar not corn syrup.
I don’t drink regular pop stateside, it just tastes nasty. I may have to look into these products.
Look for Mexican Coca Cola or the Coke formulated for Jewish passover. I believe both have sucrose instead of HFCS.
I’m glad to see this. As a diabetic, I’m an old hand at reading labels for the nutrition info, but was surprised to see some of the ingredients in foods that I thought were OK. For example, there’s HFCS in Campbell’s tomato soup and in Kraft fat-free salad dressings. Jeez.
Personally, I’d rather have the sugar. I know how to deal with that. I’m not thrilled about having a bunch of chemicals in foods that, as far as I can tell, don’t need them. Tomatoes, water, maybe some salt, garlic, and sugar; that should be it for tomato soup. Who knows what havoc all these chemicals are playing with our body over years of use?
Well, it is made in the USA and/or imported, so who the hell knows? :))
They sell Mexican cane sugar coke in socal Costco’s.
Same base component but processed differently. Sort of like the difference between rolled oats and pinhead oats.
I am certainly glad to see this since I am allergic to corn in any form. Shopping for corn free products takes a lot of time.
I found out I’m allergic to corn so had to cut out all corn products. I’m almost 50 and I weigh the same now as I did at 16. I dropped down from 192 to 152 and I’m 6’1” (and ripped). I can drink as much beer (no corn) and eat as much bacon / steak as I want without gaining an ounce.
Costco’s in AZ have the Mexican coke also — the taste is vastly superior to the Coke they sell us here
Well, the “fad” of HFCS to replace sugar has nearly wiped out the cane sugar industry in the US. The false information and “latest craze” mentality has nearly wiped out sugar in Hawaii, except for a fraction of previous production. Most cane sugar producers in Hawaii were in business for over 100 years. Florida will soon see the end of cane sugar production.
NorCal Costcos also sell Mexican Coke. We enjoy it on special occasions.
I am allergic to corn too, but I haven’t had the drop in weight that you have.
I just discovered HFCS in tomato soup the other day. I guess I’ll have to start making my own.
Yeah, I thought a lot had to do with the protectionism with sugar.
Pepsi Natural? Pepsi with real sugar??? YEA!!!!!!
I’m a Pepsi-holic but with sugar, NOT that crappy high fructose corn crap. And I for one will be very very very happy to buy my first can of Pepsi Natural.
Every once in a while husband surprises me with a bottle of real Pepsi made with sugar that he get’s at a store that stocks Pepsi from Mexico. I Love it!!
I tell him all the time that when I drink the crappy high fructose corn syrup kind that I feel like a heifer being fattened up for slotter.
Another strange thing. The high fructose corn syrup Pepsi hurts my kidneys but the Pepsi made with sugar doesn’t. I don’t know why that is, but it is.
Try your local Mexican market. A 12-ounce bottle (glass, not plastic!) runs me $1.50. It’s a treat, not an everyday drink, at those prices. Though not as tasty, I now drink Jones Soda, because I just can’t stomach the aftertaste of corn syrup any longer. I also stopped buying Pepsi when they went with the Hussein logo.
Do a keyword search on soup.....
Why do you say that, a lot of people do. Unless you do aerobic exercise all day (or unless you mean economically) I think people are addicted to an unnecessary substance.
I happen to believe that the massive consumption of simple carbs (other than sugars) is the real culprit in the unprecedented proliferation of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, and btw, heart disease.
I agree, and don't forget the biggie...obesity. It is the cause of many chronic conditions and circulatory ailments.
Americans are fatter than most on the planet, and I believe it is their sugar habit that causes it...not fatty foods.
If they go back to real sugar I might try one now and then.
There is no comparison in flavor between real sugar and corn syrup.
The powerful corn lobby, through its huge kickbacks to politicians, has kept cheaper and more flavorful imported sugar out of the USA for years.
You'll have to wait in line behind my teenage son. He had Coke in Mexico a few years ago and has missed it ever since.I'd go out of my way to buy products with real sugar than HFCS.
Actually, the body cannot break down high fructose corn syrup...thus the unadvertised problem of insulin dependency. The body can break down sugar. I avoid anything with high fructose corn syrup and look for the sugar.
“Sugar consumption is important but I happen to believe that the massive consumption of simple carbs (other than sugars) is the real culprit in the unprecedented proliferation of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, and btw, heart disease.”
I am not convinced, and am more inclined to suspect HFCS, at least in the huge increase in Diabetes.
I don’t think Americans are consuming more carbs that convert so easily to sugars - like potatoes, or rice - than they did 100 years ago.
And, is there any study that looked at the 5% greater portion of fructose in HFCS, compounded by the massive degree with which HFCS permeates the food industry, and asked about how the increased rate and dosage of the metabolization of that may, possibly, have adverse long term consequences.
My lifetime family anecdotal evidence says my great-grandparents, grand-parents and parents generations all ate mostly “regular” sugar (and lots of potatoes, rice and other starches), had more dental problems than most people do today, but with whom diabetes was very rare - with none anywhere in our family tree until my generation - the HFCS generation.
I know mere correlation is not causation.
But, one thing correlation can suggest - is there statistical evidence that suggests an area of research is needed? I think research is needed.
I think one could take a twenty year study of a group like the Amish (who consume but a fraction of HFCS) and a equal number of “average” American families; find a way to factor in/out for “carb” consumption; look at the rates of Diabetes between the two groups; and, if correlation looks like it is pointing to causation then expand the research into the full metabolic processes that actually take place in the body when glucose and fructose are extracted and broken down from HFCS sources vs from natural sources - is there in fact a difference? Is there something about the delivery vehicle itself - HFCS vs “natural” sugar - that affects that rate?
I don’t think those studies have been done.
That, and we're setting the stage to prop up Cuba by buying massive amounts of sugar from them.
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Isn’t it amazing that in the home of Coke we are provided with an inferior product? The only proper use for corn is Jack Daniel’s.
Corn syrup is a fraction of the sweetness of sucrose sugar. So to get something sweet we eat or drink many times the amount of corn syrup than we would of sugar. “High fructose corn syrup” is high on calories but low on sweetness.
Read the labels — not only is HFCS in soft drinks and soups, salad dressings and ketchup, but in such innocuous things as bread and saltine crackers! READ THE LABEL. It’s in almost everything we eat! There is no wonder in my mind, given HFCS and the various forms of MSG, as to why there’s an obesity problem in the world.
About the Amish ...
I hate to tell you, but I work in a restaurant here in Amish country and they like sweets and fried foods as well or better than anybody. If we see a big group of Amish coming in we start frying double portions of chicken strips because that’s what they like best at our place.
You do see overweight Amish folks but fewer of them.
A big factor in health is exercise, and many (not all) Amish are more active than most of us English.
“Actually, the body cannot break down high fructose corn syrup...”
Well, in researching your statement, I got an education.
Yes, the body does “break down” HFCS; but bot by way of digestion - by the liver directly.
“HFCS is metabolized dfferently than sugar, and it is very stressful to the pancreas.....Corn syrup is made from corn starch and it bypasses digestion going directly to the liver where enzymes are released telling the body to store fat. This can elevate triglycerides and LDL ( bad cholesterol). It is known that HFCS does not stimulate insulin, so you do not feel full. You may also lose chromium, needed to protect you from developing Type 2 Diabetes.”
Where that writer was pointing, possibly, in any HFCS vs diabetes debate, is it’s possible contribution to obesity coming from how it reacts with the liver functions; and many physicians today do point to some relationship between stored body fat - obesity - and diabetes.
“I hate to tell you, but I work in a restaurant here in Amish country and they like sweets and fried foods as well or better than anybody. If we see a big group of Amish coming in we start frying double portions of chicken strips because thats what they like best at our place.”
Yes, I know all that.
But, as far as I know, you do not see much diabetes among the Amish, and the Amish don’t make and don’t use much HFCS in what they make or what they eat; because they mostly eat what they themselves make, using “natural” sugar.
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From the tomato sauce on a Pizza Hut pie called "The Natural," to the just-released soda Pepsi Natural, some of the biggest players in the American food business have started, in the last few months, replacing high-fructose corn syrup with old-fashioned sugar.Tonight I went to the store and picked up Diet Coke with Splenda (not sure that's nationally available, Grand Rapids is a big test-market town) on special, 4 cases for $11. I had been getting low, and true to form three have vanished (hey! who's drinkin' my sodas? Oh, that's right, I live alone) since I sat down here. Also got 3 cases of Diet Right Black Cherry (also Splenda) for $10, but that's not yet cold. Diet Right is great stuff, but definitely (for some unknown reason) is, in my opinion, a drink best quaffed very cold.
Corn Pops used to be Sugar Pops.”
...and Captain Crunch and Honey Comb used to taste REALLY good. Had some recently and bleah!
working to stay sub-7!
“Just direct me to the Coca-Cola made with sugar instead of corn syrup.”
check your local kosher deli (if you can find one in your area). there is a version of coke specially made with sucrose to accommodate dietary restrictions on certain holidays.
Pepsi Natural is being test marketed here, in my area. It was on ‘special’ four little retro bottles (I think maybe 16 ouncers). My 11 year old ‘wanted’ it (he tried it in the store...the four pack was $4.99 (expensive)...but he was being a good helper, and I promised him ‘something.’ So thinking I need my head examined, bought it, brought it home, in the fridge, chilled, poured...awesome!!! It dawned on me that you don’t need a huge drink of this...the small bottle was the perfect size. It was really good. I would buy it again (in a cheaper, plastic two litre please Pepsi people). There is a huge (or hugh and series) difference in the taste, fizzy texture, etc. It was a treat!!!