Sunday, November 22, 2009
bees and high fructose corn syrup
Keep It Cool. A new study shows that heat can produce a potentially toxic substance in high-fructose corn syrup that can kill honeybees and may also have human health implications. Some commercial beekeepers feed the sweetener, which is also widely used in soft drinks and processed foods, to bees to increase reproduction and honey production. As temperatures rose, the researchers found, levels of hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) in products made with high-fructose corn syrup also increased, jumping at about 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The researchers noted that that other studies have linked HMF to DNA damage in humans.
Science in Pictures: Honeybees