Monday, June 21, 2010

Why I never use corn syrup/high fructose corn syrup

When I posted my vintage recipe for rolled molasses cookies on Thursday, I made another mention that I do not ever use corn syrup.

One of my readers, Leiah, wanted to know why, especially since women in her family have been using corn syrup for three generations.  I left a reply in the comments section, but I think it is an important topic worthy of its own post.

This information is just the tip of the iceberg, and I am not including any graphic photos of lab subjects, but you can google it if you want to learn and see even more.

Here is what I wrote in my reply comment:

"Regarding your comment about confusion over corn syrup use because 3 generations of women in your family have used corn syrup, well, first of all the corn syrup found in the first half of the 20th century was refined differently than corn syrup/high fructose corn syrup today. Additionally, the corn of yesteryear was not genetically modified as it is today - up to 95% according to statistics.

"Then there are all the scientific studies of the ill effects of corn syrup/high fructose corn syrup from world-renowned, prestigious universities like Princeton, Duke, John Hopkins, University of California Davis and San Francisco, just to name a very few.

"The media worldwide picked up on a Washington Post January 2009 article that one-third of high fructose corn syrup samples tested contained mercury, which is a poison, a neurotoxin. A Food and Drug Administration researcher blew the whistle in 2005 in a peer-reviewed article in the Environmental Health Journal about findings of mercury in nearly half of high-fructose corn syrup samples collected in 2005 (see link below).

"While the U.S. government heavily subsidizes various branches of the corn industry, there's also video of Joe Biden warning that corn syrup is deadly, and the New York City government and NYC Department of Health subsidizing a heavy campaign against sodas that are predominantly sweetened by corn syrup/high fructose corn syrup. The United States Public Health Service supported the Princeton study.

"For just a few glimpses at the dangers of corn syrup/high fructose corn syrup, including liver scarring, cancer, heart disease, mercury poisoning and obesity, take a look at these links:

(the actual scientific article published in the International Journal of Biological Studies is at this link:"


  1. That's really disturbing. Thanks for the comment on my site. I will check out Food Inc as soon as I get a chance.

  2. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Lisa. You will find Food Inc to be a real eye opener too.


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