The Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup

I very rarely watch t.v., as we only have ours set up for watching movies.  I have, however, seen the commercial a few times about high fructose corn syrup that said something about it “coming from corn and was therefore completely safe.”  I laughed in frustration as I watched it and knew that most viewers would believe this lie and continue to feed it to their families, feeling they could trust the media and government.  It never ceases to amaze me that companies and organizations get away with making such claims.  As Ty Bolllinger says in his book, Cancer: Step Outside the Box, “high fructose corn syrup is made from corn, but so is biodiesel.”  I don’t believe anyone would say that biodiesel is safe to consume.
 What is High Fructose Corn Syrup?
High fructose corn syrup is a sweetener used in thousands of  products from ketchup, bread and sauces, to drinks, salad dressing and popsicles.  Research has linked this ingredient to diabetes and obesity.  I don’t believe I need to convince anyone that obesity and diabetes is alarmingly on the rise in the U.S.
High fructose corn syrup is not found in nature; it is a man-made product resulting from changing corn into cornstarch and then into high fructose corn syrup.  This is not a “natural” process, despite what is claimed.  Toxic chemicals are used in this process of changing corn into high fructose corn syrup, one of which is glutaraldehyde.  Glutaraldehye kills living cells, is an embalming chemical; causes drowsiness, dizziness and headaches; causes irritation to the lungs, throat nose and eyes.  Can you develop asthma from consuming high fructose corn syrup? Yes!!  Worse yet, this glutaraldehyde chemical is so toxic that it can burn a hole in your stomach!
Almost half of tested samples of high fructose corn syrup were found to contain mercury!  As I’m sure you know, mercury is very toxic to our bodies and often stores itself in our soft tissues and bones, which can cause cancer, heart disease, auto-immune disorders, etc.
In my opinion, this is clearly not an ingredient that God created or meant for our bodies to consume.  Be an ingredient reader and avoid high fructose corn syrup like the plague!

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  1. says

    I’ve been in the process of getting rid of HFCS for a while, and I was just shocked by how MUCH it is in!! It was literally in almost everything you buy at the store! It’s so crazy!

  2. says

    Thank you, Jill. I love that you post this type of info. I did one awhile back on natural vs synthetic vinegar and hope that some one out there took it to heart!
    Your blog is so helpful to me and you spread a great message.

  3. says

    When all the talk about it started its was shocking at the amounts we consume on a daily! So some things we have cut back on and started makes more homemade which I’m glad to say is a lot cheaper, and it’s better for us as well:) thanks for sharing this insightful post!!!

  4. says

    Wow! That is unreal and I never knew that! I am so going to be paying MORE attention to the ingredients in my food!

    Mindy @ New Equus – A New Creation

  5. says

    Thanks for this information. I’ve known for a long time that high fructose corn syrup quickly elevated sugar levels, but I didn’t realize it was processed with harmful chemicals. I will be even more careful. I’ve seen the commercial you mentioned, and you’re right…it’s not factual.
    Thanks, Gail (

  6. says

    I’ve been avoiding HFCS and CS for years– at least six or seven. (I’m 35.) My daughter will be five in two weeks and when I was pregnant with her I completely avoided it. At the time, that meant buying some organic products, like ketchup. A couple of years ago, Hunt’s ketchup started to make it without HFCS or CS and it would be on the front of the bottle. Now, they must be going back to the formula with HFCS and CS because most bottles say, “No artificial preservatives”. Yeah. Something else in the front of the package for the lemmings who don’t read labels.

    I remember when those commercials came out three summers ago. (I remember this because I first saw it when we were living with my in-laws after my husband earned his master’s of divinity degree but had no church call.) I laughed. Last year, the same company started to use the phrase “corn sugar”. I guess they realized that consumers were wise on CS and HFCS. Ha ha.

    As for bread, we either buy the Naure’s Pride fro the Wonder Hostess outlet or the Roman Meal from the Schewebel’s bread outlet. (Meijer grocery constantly has some form of Aunt Millie’s on sale and they don’t have CS or HFCS. When I feel like “dieting” I’ll buy the low calorie whole wheat bread for $1.50–It’s a little more than what we pay for the bread at the outlet but it stretches the other bread for everybody else as I’m the only one who eats it.)

    We also avoid whole companies, mainly Kellogg’s and Quaker. They claim to be healthy, but they are for what I call “lemmings”– Those who just trust the companies

    Anyway, the kids are done with breakfast and they want me to play with them. (Gee. How dare they? [note sarcasm])

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