The 'Corn Cartel' ran adds to inform the public that products containing high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) were no different than those sweetened with sucrose (sugar). "Sugar is sugar" it said. "The body cannot tell the difference." WRONG! The body has to tell the difference because fructose is metabolized in the liver. Sucrose is not. And what the liver does not supply for energy gets stored as fat. Non-Cirrhosis Fatty Liver cases are spiking due to the high use of HFCS as a sweetening ingredient in processed foods.
As low-fat foods became the dietary norm for many people the missing fats could no longer carry food flavors to our taste buds. Low fat foods tasted like cardboard unless HFCS was added to the ingredients.
With the rise in HFCS use came the rise in childhood obesity and the increase of Type 2 Diabetes in our general population.
Consumer pressure against products with HFCS has driven a market offering products without it. Back to natural sugar as the food ingredient, in spite of higher costs to use actual sucrose.
The web site to check for such products is http://www.stophfcs.com/list.html .
As the consumer public becomes more sophisticated about healthier eating we see nutritionists warning us that ALL sugar is toxic and should be avoided.
I look at labels for ingredients and make every effort to avoid anything with HFCS.