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Rep. Anna Paulina Luna wants to ban high-fructose corn syrup

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High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is in hundreds of food products people eat every day. It’s in soda, ketchup, Pop-Tarts, Hershey’s syrup and more. Now, Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fla., wants it gone. 

Luna introduced two bills she said will increase food health and safety. One would ban high-fructose corn syrup in foods produced in the United States. 

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“A lot of our food that’s, you know, being trusted by many parents, especially are supposed to help children, and it’s actually hurting them,” Luna told Straight Arrow News. “And so what we’re finding is the food quality, and some of the additives in our food products, are actually making us sick.”

According to the FDA, high-fructose corn syrup is derived from corn starch which is broken down into individual glucose molecules, making corn syrup. Enzymes are then added to convert some of the glucose into fructose. Most high-fructose syrup contains between 42% to 55% fructose. 

“We are not aware of any evidence…that there is a difference in safety between foods containing HFCS 42 or HFCS 55 and foods containing similar amounts of other nutritive sweeteners with approximately equal glucose and fructose content, such as sucrose, honey or other traditional sweeteners,” the FDA’s website said.

That explanation does not satisfy Luna, who called the FDA complicit in poisoning families.

“And so people that are, for example, relying on government assistance are actually being fed the cheapest stuff that long term increases disease and causes them to be sicker,” Luna said. “We have a lot of our government subsidies that are subsidizing essentially government issued poison.”

Luna’s other bill would ban three of the nine FDA-approved color additives: Red 40, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6. These additives are found in cereals, crackers, dairy products, Jell-O, sauces and more. 

Luna said artificial and harmful ingredients are leading to fertility issues, autism and higher rates of cancer. 

“I think right now that it’s become very evident that a lot of our food that’s, you know, being trusted by many parents, especially are supposed to help children, and it’s actually hurting them,” Luna said. 

This bill is in the beginning of the legislative process and would still need to work it’s way through committees to get a vote.

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[RAY BOGAN]

High Fructose Corn Syrup is in hundreds of food products people eat every day. It’s in soda, ketchup, pop-tarts, hershey’s syrup, and more. 

But Congresswoman Anna Paulina Luna wants it gone. 

She introduced two bills she says will increase food health and safety. 

One would ban high fructose corn syrup in foods produced in the United States. 

Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fl: “A lot of our food that’s, you know, being trusted by many parents, especially are supposed to help children, and it’s actually hurting them. And so what we’re finding is the food quality, and some of the additives in our food products are actually making us sick.”

[RAY BOGAN]

According to the FDA, High Fructose Corn Syrup is derived from corn starch which is broken down into individual glucose molecules, making corn syrup. Enzymes are added to convert some of the glucose into fructose. Most high fructose syrup contains between 42 and 55 percent fructose. 

The FDA states: We are not aware of any evidence that there is a difference in safety between foods containing HFCS 42 or HFCS 55 and foods containing similar amounts of other nutritive sweeteners with approximately equal glucose and fructose content, such as sucrose, honey, or other traditional sweeteners. 

That explanation does not satisfy Congresswoman Luna who called the FDA complicit in poisoning families. 

Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fl: “And so people that are, for example, relying on government assistance are actually being fed the cheapest stuff that long term increases disease and causes them to be sicker. We have a lot of our government subsidies that are subsidizing essentially government issued poison.”

[RAY BOGAN]

Luna’s other bill would ban three of the nine FDA approved color additives – Red No. 40 and Yellow Nos. 5 and 6. 

These additives are found in cereals, crackers, dairy products, jello, sauces and more. 

Luna says artificial and harmful ingredients are leading to fertility issues, autism and higher rates of cancer. 

Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fl: “I think right now that it’s become very evident that a lot of our food that’s, you know, being trusted by many parents, especially are supposed to help children, and it’s actually hurting them.” 

[RAY BOGAN]

This bill is in the very beginning of the legislative process and would still need to work it’s way through committees to get a vote. For more news Straight from DC, download the straight arrow news app.