27 February, 2014
HFCS and sugar buzz and biz
HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) seems to block important nutrients from the foods we eat, like the trace minerals Zinc and Selenium, which are important for proper neuron functions and plasticity.
Nutritional mineral deficiencies, including deficiencies in the long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids,have been shown to influence neuronal function and produce defects in neuronal plasticity, as well as impact behavior in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Nutritional deficiencies and mercury exposure have been shown to alter neuronal function and increase oxidative stress among children with autism. These dietary factors may be directly related to the development of behavior disorders and learning disabilities. Mercury, either individually or together with other factors, may be harmful if ingested in higher amounts or by sensitive individuals.
High fructose corn syrup has been shown to contain trace amounts of mercury as a result of some manufacturing processes, like I said, and its consumption can also lead to zinc loss.
According to a large study published in the Journal of Environmental Health in 2009, mercury cell chloralkali chemicals are used to manufacture color additives such as FD&C Yellow 5 and FD&C Yellow 6 and high fructose corn syrup.
Selenium is a trace mineral that incorporates itself into proteins to produce selenoprotein enzymes. These enzymes act as an anti-oxidant in the body to destroy free radicals and boost both the immune system and thyroid function. Mercury binds with selenium and reduces selenoprotein production. This deficiency hampers immune & thyroid function.