The gist is that consumption of high fructose corn syrup is at a 20 low and the Corn Refiners Association petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to change the name. Obviously they want it to sound more appealing to consumers so that they will forget that it is very unhealthy.
An important thing to remember is that table sugar is not a healthy alternative to HFCS. There is some reasearch that indicates that HSFC may put you at greater risk of weight gain, but the bottom line is that they both contain empty calories and should be avoided as much as possible.
Our advice to the Corn Refiners Association. Recognize the real problem. Consumers know that they need to consume less empty calories. Put you money into product research to fill this demand instead of trying to change it.
Here are a couple good articles with more detail if you’re interested: