It was bound to happen.
The seeds of public disillusionment and potential demise of high-fructose corn syrup, and corn syrup in general, were sown at the moment they were introduced to the market and food manufacturers realized that they could put them in almost any product that might benefit from the introduction of sugar. Just like processed fats and oils, salt, MSG and modified starches, Red Dye #2 and dozens of other food additives, corn syrups became ubiquitous and overused.
So as the millions who were already on their way to handing over complete responsibility for the construction of their food to corporate others, became obese and developed high blood pressure and diabetes, it was only natural that many of them would blame corn syrup as a culprit.
Never mind that the real reason they were experiencing health problems was that they were being duped into eating too much sugar, salt and fat by manufacturers who added these ingredients to everything they produced. Disregard the fact that people were being suckered into overeating by companies (To whom they had ceded responsibility for their diets, don't forget!) that kept increasing portion sizes because they wanted to sell more food and knew that most people will eat until their plate is clean. In the tortured logic of an increasingly vulnerable processed food addicted public, its choice to entrust its diet to companies who don't give a flying f--k about anything more than making their stockholders happy, it's the ingredients in the food that are the cause of their health problems.
So now there is an outcry from some of these poor souls to replace corn syrup -which is made by breaking down corn starch into sugars with acids and enzymes- with something more "natural" like cane sugar.
Well, I say "good luck with that" because while there may be valid environmental and economic reasons to reduce production of corn syrup, substituting cane sugar isn't going to make junk food any healthier and less likely to cause obesity and diabetes. Ketchup (see the article below) or soda pop made with cane sugar isn't any better for you than the same product made with corn syrup. Oh sure, there may be differences in the way one's metabolism responds to some of the monosaccharides (e.g. glucose, fructose) in corn syrup relative to the sucrose in cane sugar. But at the end of the day, too much sugar in the diet is too much sugar. So instead of obsessing about the stupid ingredients in the processed food that we are shoveling into our every expanding gullets, how about not buying and eating so much processed food?
For High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Sweet Talk Gets Harder - NYTimes.com