Sweet Battles: Sugar Companies Sue Corn Processors

Last month, five more sugar companies and two trade associations joined the lawsuit the sugar industry had filed against the Corn Refiners Association to block its move to change the name of high fructose corn syrup to “corn sugar.” Meanwhile, the corn processors have launched an ad campaign that includes TV spots featuring a mom walking through cornfields declaring that whether corn sugar or cane sugar, “your body can’t tell the difference.” A recent study published in the medical journal Obesity found significantly higher levels of fructose in sweetened beverages than the amount listed on the label, leading the authors to conclude that actual fructose consumption may be higher than assumed.