Heat Forms Potentially Harmful Substance In High-fructose Corn Syrup, Bee Study Finds

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A new study shows that heat can produce a potentially toxic substance in high-fructose corn syrup that may kill honeybees.

Researchers have established the conditions that foster formation of potentially dangerous levels of a toxic substance in the high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) that is often fed to honey bees. Their study, which appears in the current issue of ACS’ bi-weekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, may also have implications for soft drinks and dozens of other human foods that contain HFCS. The substance, hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), forms mainly from heating fructose.

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