The FDA has decided that high fructose corn syrup can be considered natural. This decision was “welcomed” by the Corn Refiners Association for all of two minutes, before they returned to making corn for fuel.
Now, in all seriousness, I don’t pretend to understand whether or not this is accurate. I barely made it past chemistry and I have a degree in English, which means I’m qualified to spell “high fructose corn syrup” and run a website. And flip burgers. Also, I understand that this is the FDA, a part of the U.S. Government, the same people who brought you the TSA and the IRS. I’m not one of these delusional people who expect quality from a different aspect of the government. To me that’s like saying, “Well, you know, if I enter Krystal through the west door then the burgers are magically healthier!”
Anyway, I digress. There’s nothing really new under the sun–smart people read the labels for things no matter how “Natural” it looks and less clever people take labels at their word. So the fact that high fructose corn syrup products, actually natural or not, can now call themselves “natural” really doesn’t affect you or me. I mean, Phantom Menace said it was a Star Wars film on the label, and it’s far worse for you than Coke.