High-Fructose Corn Syrup Produces Toxic Chemical “HMF” When Heated

Mike Adams writes in NaturalNews:

If you know anything about the food supply, you know that honey bees are a crucial part of the food production chain. In the United States, they pollinate roughly one-third of all the crops we eat, and without them, we’d be facing a disastrous collapse in viable food production.

That’s why, when honey bees started to disappear a few years ago, scientists scrambled to find the root cause of the phenomenon, which has since been dubbed “Colony Collapse Disorder.”

The name is a bit of a misnomer, though. It’s not really a “disorder.” It’s more of a poisoning. Or at least that’s what we may be learning from new research that’s just been published in the ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

It’s been difficult, of course, trying to determine the cause of colony collapse disorder. Some of the suggested theories for explaining the phenomenon included chemical contamination from pesticides, genetic contamination from genetically modified crops, changes in the Earth’s magnetic field, climate change and air pollution. In an attempt to nail down some scientific answers, researchers from the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Tucson, Arizona joined with other researchers in New Orleans and the University of Wisconsin to check out another possible culprit: High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

HFCS, as you may already know, is a processed, liquid sweetener used in disturbingly large amounts throughout the global food supply. You can find it in not just sodas, but pizza sauce, salad dressings and even whole wheat bread. It’s in breakfast cereals, food bars, peanut butter, ketchup and a thousand other products.

There are two reasons why you find HFCS in so many food products: 1) It’s sweet. 2) It’s cheap.

It is for these same two reasons that high-fructose corn syrup is fed to honey bees. It provides them the sugar calories to stay active without resulting in a huge cost for the beekeeper. That’s why HFCS has been used for decades as a food source for honey bees.

But this very food source may, in fact, be poisoning the bees.

HFCS forms hydroxymethylfurfural

What these USDA researchers discovered is that when HFCS is heated, it forms hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), a chemical that can kill honey bees. The production of HMF during cooking rose in parallel to the temperatures to which HFCS was exposed.

To put it plainly, when you cook HFCS, it becomes contaminated with HMF. And according to the research, levels of HMF “jumped dramatically” when temperatures rose above 120 degrees Fahrenheit (which isn’t very hot, by the way)….

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  • radiac

    oh great, i thought it just made us fat…

  • Buffet

    Looks like the race is on to see who perishes first, us or the bees. May God have mercy on us for the havoc we've wrought in our greed and ignorance.

  • http://www.10zenmonkeys.com/ Lou Cabron

    People have been feeding high-fructose corn syrup to bes for decades, according to the article. And it's only toxic when it's heated to 120 degrees farenheit. So the real problem could be the inside of the hives is just getting hotter than they used to. If that's true, then the bees could actually be dying from:

    …global warming.

  • Buffer

    Fiona, perhaps you folks are more civilized and dignified over there. Manufacturers here operate on pure greed, regardless of the consequences. They truly don’t care if we all perish, as long as their lust for more and more wealth is satiated.

  • Fiona

    When I visited the States I was surprised to see that most foods there contain HFCS and Hydrogenated soy bean oil. We don't use HFCS much over here, and hydrogenated oils even less because of the health risks associated with it. Plus I saw many chemicals in foods that are banned here (UK) for being unsafe. It's very worrying.

    • Buffer

      Fiona, perhaps you folks are more civilized and dignified over there. Manufacturers here operate on pure greed, regardless of the consequences. They truly don't care if we all perish, as long as their lust for more and more wealth is satiated.

  • Robertsea

    Hey, as long as the economy is vibrant.

  • Robertsea

    Hey, as long as the economy is vibrant.

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