If High-Fructose Corn Syrup Kills Honeybees, What Does It Do To You?
Watch your soda intake... and your juice intake.... Don't drink bottled iced tea or lemonade or eat candy bars or packaged frozen dinners.... They're full of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which scientists have postulated is responsible for the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder that has killed off one-third of the honeybee population in the U.S. See why this study affects you!
Several products with HFCS from different manufacturers were tested by an agricultural research group for a period of 35 days at different temperatures. The researchers, Blaise LeBlanc, Gillian Eggleston, and their colleagues, found that a toxic chemical, hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) occurs when HFCS is exposed to warm temperatures. As the temperatures increased, HMF increased steadily until it jumped dramatically at 120°F. HMF breaks down in the body into other substances that can be even more harmful than HMF.
This is of concern to humans because of packaging and transportation issues which can heat HFCS to potentially harmful levels. Commercial bee farmers may feed HFCS to honeybees to increase reproduction and honey production. HMF is the most noted toxin to honeybees.
The data is published in the July 31, 2009 of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
This study and others that follow may eventually urge the FDA to disallow the sale of products with HFCS, but in the meantime, you may want to take that step yourselves and remove HFCS products from your diet.