Yes, syrup, no syrup: Too bad "candy corn" is already taken, too. Photo: ParlHigh-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), the sweetener everyone now loves to hate, is getting a makeover, as Tom Laskawy wrote last week. The National Corn Refiners Association has announced it's changing the name of the industrially manufactured sweetener to the more natural-sounding "corn sugar." "Of course they want this change. HFCS is the new trans fat. Everyone thinks HFCS is poison," writes nutritionist Marion Nestle on her blog. She goes on to say that she doesn't think the sweetener is any more unhealthy than refined white sugar (although some scientists …
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Bonnie Azab Powell was Grist's food editor until February 2011. A dot-com-bubble rider turned university refugee, Bonnie co-founded one of the first "food-politics" blogs, The Ethicurean, in May 2006 -- also coining that term to describe someone interested in sustainable, organic, local, and ethical (SOLE) food that also happens to be tasty.
Obsessed with our broken food system, she switched from writing freelance business and technology articles to SOLE food. Her work has appeared in a bunch of places printed on dead trees. She lives in the Bay Area, where she gardens half-assedly and cooks wholeheartedly while running two meat CSAs for small local farms. She loathes the word "foodie."