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My letter to the FDA

The FDA is accepting comments on the petition to change the name of high fructose corn syrup to 'corn sugar'. If you'd like to make comments to let the FDA know that you oppose changing the name of HFCS to "corn sugar". Click the "submit comment" button on the upper right.


This is my letter:

I am not representing any organization, but I am one of many people who suffers from fructose intolerance. I was initially diagnosed as having IBS, which afflicts approximately 10 percent of the world population. Recent research has indicated that up to half of IBS sufferers actually suffer from saccharide intolerance, including an intolerance to fructose.

I personally am extremely sensitive to fructose, and consumption of fructose, even naturally occurring fructose such as in fruit, leaves me very ill for the next 48-72 hours. This reaction is so severe that I am unable to leave my house and, in the past, has led to other serious side effects such as chronic dehydration resulting in kidney stones.

Consumption of high fructose corn syrup almost always causes a reaction. I have to choose carefully what I eat and, because of the prevalence of HFCS in processed foods, cannot eat out and must prepare most of my own foods from scratch. It is already extremely difficult to avoid HFCS. However, changing the name to corn sugar will only serve to make it more difficult to identify and avoid this already ubiquitous substance.

Please do not allow the name to be changed. There are many people like myself who rely on proper labeling in order to avoid adverse health effects caused by consumption of high fructose corn syrup.

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Dec. 8th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
I think we should change its name to 'embalming fluid.'
Dec. 9th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
I didn't know you had a fructose sensitivity. I learn new things every day.

I hadn't heard about this. Thanks for bringing it up!

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