MD and I stopped in a Whole Foods the other day to load up, and I came across this bottle of tea while I was looking for something cold and carb-free to drink.
The manufacturer of this product (and I’m sorry, but I can’t remember what it was, and, unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of the other side) is either ignorant or thinks that its customers are ignorant. I’m sure the ‘brains’ of this outfit either read or heard that high-fructose corn syrup was a substance that is not healthful. I suppose that they came to the conclusion that it was the corn syrup that was the villain, but it’s the fructose in the corn syrup that’s the problem. The other component of corn syrup is glucose, which is much less harmful than fructose.
So, based on this misunderstanding of what it is in corn syrup that’s a problem – the fructose – these folks wrote up the label contents as pictured above. Their product has fructose crystals as the second ingrediant, but not from that nasty corn syrup. They want their customers to know that it’s just plain ol’ fructose. Unclear on the concept indeed.