In response to consumer demand, "Hunt's®, a ConAgra Foods brand, is pleased to announce that it has removed the high fructose corn syrup from every bottle of its ketchup products. Hunt's 100% Natural Ketchup brings forth the naturally rich tomato flavor of Hunt's tomatoes and contains only five simple ingredients: tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, salt and other seasonings, with no high fructose corn syrup, artificial ingredients or preservatives."
That's better than Heinz removing salt from their ketchup in response to government pressure. Our mayor wants a law to force restaurants not to use salt. What is funny is a recent study shows that most people are self regulating in their salt intake- they crave it when they don't have enough and eat less of it (or drink more fluids) when they have had too much.
Abigail, all 9 kids grown and 14 little gardeners: what a harvest!
Posts: 2856 | Location: Far Rockaway, New York | Registered: July 17, 2002
I doubt that there was a problem with not enough corn/high prices for Hunt's. I haven't seen this happening with other manufacturers. If this were the case, Hunt's as well as all manufacturers would simply have raised the prices of their products. They wouldn't have changed their recipe.
Neither of us can be certain about their motivations on this.
In 2000 1# of HFCS cost $0.13, and 1# Refined Sugar cost $0.42. It was over three times the cost per pound (I don't know if there is a pound for pound substitution, or if you need more of one to equal the sweetness of the other).
In 2006 HFCS was $0.31/lb, and Refined Sugar was $0.54/lb...a little less then twice as expensive.
With 1985 as "100" the price index for all corn sweetners goes like this:
2000 118 2001 115 2002 120 2003 123 2004 122 2005 125 2006 150 2007 133 2008 139 2009 165 (Started at 163 in January, ended at 190 in December) 2010 203 through April
Clearly something dramatic is inflating the price of corn sweeteners, and that seems to coincide with the beginning in 2006 of federal mandates for renewable fuels (i.e. ethanol) in gasoline.
Not that consumer choice isn't an important factor -- looks to me at least Hunt's could see this as a "win/win" -- they can market that they're HFCS free, and move to a more stable priced source of sugar, and one that is relatively more affordable then it used to be.
Now, if we could just stop Yoplait from putting it in their yogurt.
Try Mountain High brand.
From their site: "But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what some of our customers have to say about our yoghurt:
I love that there is no high-fructose corn syrup and it's available in Fat-Free Vanilla. Even the fat free has a creaminess to it that others don't. I have recommended it to my patients as a diabetes educator and researcher. Great product!"
That sounds good. And I like flavored yogurts, like vanilla. Mom used to buy plain yogurt when I was a kid, but I was never that fond of it, because even if you added fruit to it, it had a strong sharpness to it.
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Posts: 3002 | Location: Zone 9b, the OC, California | Registered: March 20, 2004
Remind me why this is so evil? Is it just because it is one of those things that causes insulin spikes? What is it called?? High-something or other? I love Yoplait and will not give it up until it is clawed out of my cold, dead hands. I also like Greek yogurt when I'm feeling plain and straightforward. And I use the fake fat-free-I'm-not-half-and-half-but-love-molecular-gastronomy sometimes because it is less fat and my coffee is fine.
Seriously, though, why the panic over HFCS?
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Posts: 844 | Location: MD Eastern Shore, Zone 7 | Registered: February 28, 2009
I think that some people would like to think that it the root of all obesity mainly because it's in sodas but I think that cooking actual meals at home, eating more fresh fruits and vegetables and not drinking a dozen sodas a day would make a big difference too. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for more natural products with less additives and salt but I don't that that we are going to find the bottom line cause of obesity in any one food.
Posts: 4525 | Location: Southeastern PA, Zone 6b | Registered: May 17, 2010
The disease is federal farm policy that subsidizes farmers to grow and sell corn for a loss. Which lets companies like ADM & Cargill undercut sugar companies for sweetners, or to sell grain for cattle food to feedlots for less then a farmer could grow and feed his own grain to his own cattle (you get the subsidy if the corn leaves the farm, you don't get the subsidy if it stays and turns into meat there).
That's caused a financial and agronomic death spiral where you need ever larger loans to buy ever larger acreage and ever larger amounts of fertilizer and ever better yielding (read GMO) varieties and ever larger machines to plant, spray, and harvest, to grow ever larger amounts of corn for ever larger losses to collect ever larger subsidies and find ever larger markets to dispose of all this surplus corn only being produced because of the federal subsidy system.
Sure. How about this: "The body processes the fructose in high fructose corn syrup differently than it does old-fashioned cane or beet sugar, which in turn alters the way metabolic-regulating hormones function. It also forces the liver to kick more fat out into the bloodstream."--SFgate, from 2004!
or this: "While the rise in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) parallels the increase in obesity and diabetes, a significant increase in dietary fructose consumption in industrialized countries has also occurred. The increased consumption of high fructose corn syrup, primarily in the form of soft drinks, is linked with complications of the insulin resistance syndrome.–PubMed.gov
Like Matt, I fear the rampant proliferation of GMO agriculture, enough reason for me to *try* to avoid HFCS in my family's diet. I happened on some interesting beet sugar refinement recipes here somewhere and intend to try it with my GH bounty if all goes well. Didn't realize it was so straightforward.
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Posts: 71 | Location: Southeastern Ohio, barely into Zone 6A. My ridge-and-valley home is a bevy of microclimates! | Registered: October 01, 2010