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High Fructose Corn Syrup Is More Than Just Sweet

Last year in the spring, I asked a question: What makes brown syrup more healthy than high fructose corn syrup? This morning I found one answer.

A new study shows that as high fructose corn syrup gets warmer, it engages in a chemical reaction that produces hydroxymethylfurfural. That’s a chemical that breaks down in the human body to form other toxic substances. Hydroxymethylfurfural itself has also been linked with damage to DNA in humans.

The warmer high fructose corn syrup gets, the more hydroxymethylfurfural forms. 120 degrees seems to be a temperature point that triggers a particularly high level of the chemical.

It seems that the link between high fructose corn syrup and hydroxymethylfurfural may play a role in another sort of health problem – this one experienced by honeybees. Apparently, some beekeepers use high fructose corn syrup to supplement their bees’ natural feeding, in order to get lots and lots of honey. Over the last couple of years, some honeybee colonies have suddenly disappeared. It’s a phenomenon called colony collapse disorder. Some beekeepers are speculating that the use of high fructose corn syrup, and its production of hydromethylfurfural in the warm hive environment, could be part of the explanation for colony collapse disorder.

7 comments to High Fructose Corn Syrup Is More Than Just Sweet

  • Tom

    Archer Daniels Midland and others who produce this toxic crap and put in just about everything WE eat (candy, cereal, weight loss foods, snacks of all kinds, bread to name a very few) aren’t worried about it. The FDA doesn’t say anything about it (wonder why?) and the companies that put it in their foods: Nabisco, Beatrice group, McDonalds and many others aren’t saying anything either. Do you think they’re concerned for our health?
    The bee collapse connection is another “canary in the coal mine” warning to us – which we, or course, won’t heed (because of the first 2 sentences). i get the feeling that humanity is just a bunch of guinea pigs – actually more like test rodents – for corporate Amerikkka.

    And we wonder why obesity is an epidemic both here and where ever else people have adopted the American diet (notice McDonalds in most countries now – foisting this stuff off on unsuspecting consumers:
    http://www.foodfacts.info/blog/2005/12/high-fructose-corn-syrup-in-fast-food.html ).

  • Tom

    Sorry: in the link above, please erase the ” ). ” at the end to go to the right site to research this topic. Oh, and while i’m at it “or” should be “of” – going to get some coffee now.

  • Just for clarity…HFCS does not produce HMF in a honey bee colony. This occurs during the manufacturing process, or while in transport to storage. The dangerous material is in HFCS before it is fed to honey bees, and can harm them when they consume it.
    Kim Flottum
    Editor, Bee Culture Magazine

    • Thanks for the clarification, Kim. I wasn’t aware of that distinction. Is there a reason why high fructose corn syrup wouldn’t form the substance in the colony, if the colony is warm enough?

  • Prophit1970

    Hydroxymethylfurfural is not new in corn syrup.

    Recently, GMO bt-Corn protein has been concentrated in syrup.

    These free-floating Potassium-leaking ion channels bind poorly with bee intestine, according to corporate liars. They neglect to mention co-infections, and parasites, which allow the channels to get deeper inside than supposedly possible.

    Also, consider that cell tower electrical fields dilate membranes, allowing more of a known molecular agent to enter, than otherwise.

  • leah

    I really don’t care about this stuff cause i don’t know about any of it. I am just googling things for an assignment that i have to turn in on Tuesday. I just want to know a country that produces corn syrup, which i do not see in this article cause i didn’t feel like reading it. Maybe some article writters need to stop complaining and start answering the questions of some young people like myself. Anyway i tried to send this message and this stupid computer gonna try to tell me that i have already said this, which is not true.

    Gotta go!

    • Jim

      Leah, thanks for the chuckle. Oh, kids these days!

      The countries that produce corn syrup are the same countries that produce ____. It’s a four-letter word, and it begins with the letter “c.”

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