So I wrote a letter to the FDA today; sounds fanatical doesn't it? I feel like more and more we all have to have a little activist in us to be the change we want to see in the world; so here it is for all to see...
"I'm writing today to request respectfully that you don't allow the Corn Refiners Association to change the name "High Fructose Corn Syrup" to "Corn Sugar". The Corn Refiners Association says that they want to change it to eliminate confusion but I think this will do quite the contrary.
A name change at this point will no doubt create more confusion for the average consumer.
Also I want to address the idea of moderation. Corn Refiners Association has always maintained that corn is natural and therefore the byproduct HFCS is therefore natural. If you look at the multitude of steps taken in the process of refining corn to make HFCS, there is nothing natural about it. This stuff isn't food! It's fit for my gas tank! Yet it's in breads, cereals, crackers and baked goods everywhere we go. At a "normal grocery store" its unavoidable. There is simply no way to consume HFCS in moderation. CRA should not be allowed to try to leave HFCS's bad image behind with a quick and easy name change.
It's irresponsible for you to allow them to do this as the protectors of OUR health. Not the health of big business.
Please consider the obesity rates in this country, please consider the sky-rocketing diabetes epidemic, heart disease etc. All of these are impacted by the food we eat and for many people that don't have the option or money for a Whole Foods Market shopping list, there are few choices but to eat substandard foods that are often corn based.
Much to the disappointment of the CRA, CORN is not the cornerstone of a healthy diet. We need to be protected from sneaky, underhanded moves like Big Corn changing the name of it's cash cow to avoid continued bad public relations.
STOP THIS NOW!
I couldn't help but post this, it's probably going to be pulled from your tube any second now but for now,