High fructose corn syrup is a dirty word to many shoppers. They have heard that the body doesn’t digest and absorb the fructose in this cheap sugar substitute the way ordinary sugar is metabolized. The liver is forced to convert the fructose into fat, and we get the urge to eat more.
No wonder a number of products have reformulated their brands and tout the fact that they no longer contain high fructose corn syrup.
One such product is Log Cabin syrup, which boasts this on their front label:
Great, thought Bryan A., a Mouse Print* reader. Then he read the ingredients statement on the back:
“If a banner across the front trumpets ‘NO HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP’ one doesn’t expect the first ingredient to be corn syrup,” explained Bryan. We agree.
There is, however, a difference between high fructose corn syrup and regular corn syrup.
“… corn starch is broken down into individual glucose molecules, the end product is corn syrup, which is essentially 100% glucose. To make high fructose corn syrup, enzymes are added to corn syrup in order to convert some of the glucose to another simple sugar called fructose. High fructose corn syrup is ‘high’ in fructose [thus making it sweeter] compared to the pure glucose that is in corn syrup.” — Food and Drug Administration.
We asked Pinnacle Foods, the maker of Log Cabin, twice to comment on this issue, and they did not respond.