by Marion Nestle
Dec 3 2008

Deli chain bans HFCS

Food Chemical News (December 1) reports that Jason’s Deli, which has more than 200 outlets throughout the U.S., is banning high fructose corn syrup from all its products as well as trying to figure out how to get it out of soft drinks.  Apparently, the chain polled customers and 65% (of nearly 3,000) said they wanted it gone.  A spokesman for the chain said they consider pure cane syrup and sugar to be “more real and…not as processed or fooled with as high-fructose corn syrup.”  Maybe, but they have the same number of calories and the same effects in the body!

  • Daniel Ithaca,NY

    Though the one “sugar” is very similar to other sugar, going through this might just get people paying attention more to what is in their food.
    Getting the HFCS banned, though it has the same number of calories as does any carbohydrate might also have people avoiding sugar a bit more.

    I just go with no soda. It’s an easy way to get rid of junk–empty calories that don’t provide us with anything else our body needs.
    “No thanks” to “liquid candy”.

  • “Maybe, but they have the same number of calories and the same effects in the body!”

    But then why do people consume so much more of a beverage or product that has HFCS than the same beverage or product that does not?

  • Marc Brazeau

    The real benefit may not be a health benefit but a political economic one by undoing in some small way, some of the stranglehold that the corn lobby has on our food system. Replacing it with a more powerful sugar lobbying isn’t that inviting but anything that takes commodity corn down a notch is a-ok in my book.

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  • Here, here. I am in total agreement with Marion on this. People need to pay attention to the sugars that they take in. I think the ‘get rid of HFCS’ movement is just going to make things harder. Now products say “HFCS Free!” and just have the same amount of regular sugar added to them. Now people will think it is healthier when there has been no change in that area whatsoever.