Food shoppers, watch out. Manufacturers are trying to pull a fast one on you. According to ABC News, the makers of high fructose corn syrup are battling the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ditch the “high fructose corn syrup” name. They want to change it to the innocent sounding “corn sugar.” Why? Because too many people know that high fructose corn syrup wreaks havoc on your health!
So, what exactly is high fructose corn syrup aka corn sugar? It’s a cheap, common sweetener made from corn that gives processed foods a very long shelf life. It’s found in everything from soda, to cereals, to ice cream. Investigative journalist Michael Pollan says that any time you see it listed on a label, run, because it’s a dead giveaway for a food that’s been highly processed and concocted in a lab. Plus, it raises your risk for obesity and diabetes. That’s exactly why manufacturers want to change the name. They think “corn sugar” sounds more natural, and you won’t be freaked out by how much is in your food. However, high fructose corn syrup isn’t the first product trying to go undercover with an alias. Here are a few foods that have gone in cognitoto make themselves more appealing:
- Aspartame. It’s an extremely popular sugar substitute that’s 200 times stronger than table sugar. It’s had a ton of name changes because people keep equating it with health problems. The latest name change is AminoSweet, but experts predict yet another name change because it sounds too sciencey.
- Then, does Slimehead ring a bell? It’s a fish that had very few fans until it was called “Orange Roughy.” It’s now so popular that it’s at risk for overfishing.
- The last product to undergo a name change: low erucic acid rapeseed oil. We now call it Canola oil. The original product was linked to lung cancer, and had the word “rape” in it. Not so appealing. So Canadian scientists replaced erucic acid with oleic acid, and they re-named it “Canola Oil” to indicate it was a Canadian oil.