What do you do when your product has become one of the most maligned food additives in modern history?

Change the name!

In a high-stakes game of switcheroo, the industry responsible for high-fructose corn syrup has asked the FDA for approval to use the name "corn sugar" instead.

Sounds so much nicer and more natural, doesn't it?

But while the new name may score points for poetic license, nothing else about HFCS has changed: It's still the same highly processed garbage that has been linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and more.

It's so bad that many people now believe that plain old sugar is healthy next to it.

While they can't use the name "corn sugar" in the ingredients listings just yet, the industry has already launched an all-out public relations assault to try to convince everyone to start using the new name.

Kind of like when Puff Daddy became P. Diddy. Hey, it worked for him.

The corn producers have even set up a new Web page for Corn Diddy, err... corn sugar... at cornsugar.com--but don't waste any time there, because I'll sum it all up for you right here: They claim your body can't tell the difference between HFCS and plain old sugar, and that HFCS is no worse for you than sugar.

Actually, a study earlier this year found that mice fed high fructose corn syrup gained more weight than mice fed equal amounts of plain old sugar, and other studies have also suggested that HFCS can do more harm than sugar.

But they do have a point--because if sugar is better than HFCS, it's certainly not by much. Both sugars are disease- causing monstrosities that have directly contributed to decades of declining health.

It's easy to blame HFCS because it's in everything from soda to salad dressing... but if we replaced it all with real sugar tomorrow, not much would change: We'd still be history's fattest, sickest generation.

So do yourself a favor: Don't get caught up in the name game. A product that screams "MADE WITH REAL SUGAR" on the label may have more appeal than one that quietly lists high fructose corn syrup or corn sugar, but it's not going to be any better for you.

Choose products with no sweeteners at all instead--and you won't have to worry about what's in a name.