Corn is used in thousands of products found in a typical supermarket. For many years, the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) has conducted surveys by sending researchers into a typical supermarket to read all the labels and tally all the products containing corn ingredients.
The last CRA study found corn ingredients in almost 4,000 products – and that doesn't count all the meat, dairy, and poultry products that depend on corn for livestock feed or the many paper products that don't have ingredient labels but do contain corn.
One of the most popular food products made from corn is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a sweetener found in numerous foods and beverages throughout the United States. In terms of composition, high fructose corn syrup is nearly identical to table sugar (sucrose), which is composed of 50 percent fructose and 50 percent glucose. Glucose is one of the simplest forms of sugar that serves as a building block for most carbohydrates. Fructose is a simple sugar commonly found in fruits and honey. Learn more.
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