Is Corn Syrup “Clean Label”?

What exactly is “Corn Syrup”?

Corn syrup is a syrup made from starch that contains varying amounts of maltose and higher oligosaccharides, and is used as a sweetener and thickener in food production.




WhY Do companies Use Corn Syrup?

Corn syrup is for its functionality and low cost.  It is less expensive than cane sugar, doesn’t crystallize as easily and adds texture to food and drinks.

What FOOD products commonly use COrn syrup?

Corn starch is used  in nearly all processed food and beverage categories — soda, candies, ice cream, baked goods, cereal, beer, ketchup, bread, peanut butter, etc.




Where is COrn SYRUP sourced?

Corn syrup comes from corn (obviously).

The corn raw material is traditionally sourced from Midwestern states within the United States with a high corn production, like Iowa and Nebraska.




What ARE the available forms OF CORN SYRUP ?

Corn Syrup is generally available in two different forms:

  1. Light Corn Syrup – typically vanilla and salt are added.
  2. Dark Corn Syrup – molasses is added.



Yes, the FDA has determined that corn syrup is safe in moderation.

  • The FDA supports the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which “recommends that everyone limit consumption of all added sugars, including HFCS and sucrose”;
  • The Mayo Clinic also supports this evidence, stating that individuals can currently enjoy HFCS in moderation, along with other sugars.


Is COrn syrup considered “clean label”?

Although there is some controversy and misunderstandings around this ingredient, corn syrup is considered “clean label” .

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Why is COrn syrup being taken out of products?

Some controversy exists on whether the body metabolizes corn syrup differently than table sugar. As corn syrup began to make its way onto food labels as an additive, obesity within the United States also saw an upward trend.

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Are there alternatives to corn syrup?

The reason replacing corn syrup is so difficult is because each alternative to corn syrup has a different functionality. Additionally, most alternatives contribute a unique flavor character [think: honey], while light corn syrup has little to no flavor.

A few alternatives include: honey, maple syrup, agave, evaporated cane juice, and a new ingredient commonly being used in beverage formulation is a technology called “deionized pineapple juice”.



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