Nutrition and Labeling - Corn syrup same as high-fructose corn syrup?

11-13-2008, 10:30 AM
I just found out that our favorite brand of blueberry jam from Trader Joe's has corn syrup as one of the ingredients. I think it is not the same as high fructose corn syrup -- is that right or is it a case of creative labeling?


11-13-2008, 11:44 AM
Not that it's the best source, but it's easy - Wikipedia:

Corn syrup is a syrup, made using cornstarch as a feedstock, and composed mainly of glucose. A series of two enzymatic reactions are used to convert the corn starch to corn syrup. Its major uses in commercially-prepared foods are as a thickener, sweetener, and for its moisture-retaining (humectant) properties which keep foods moist and help to maintain freshness.[1]

HFCS is a variant in which other enzymes are used to convert some of the glucose into fructose. The resulting syrup is sweeter and more soluble.

11-14-2008, 12:34 AM
Thanks for looking it up for me. That is what I had suspected as well.