Skip to comments.Study Links Autism to High Fructose Corn Syrup
Posted on 10/17/2012 8:09:45 PM PDT by djf
A new study released this past week has once again linked the consumption of processed foods to health complications, giving food safety advocates even more cause for concern. The April 10th publication of the Clinical Epigenetics Journal reported a link between high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and autism in the United States. According to the study, the rise in autism rates "is not related to mercury exposure from fish, coal-fired power plants, thimerosal, or dental amalgam but instead to the consumption of HFCS.
The study, led by former FDA toxicologist and whistleblower Renee Dufault, found that a deficiency of zinc, triggered by the consumption of HFCS and other processed foods, interferes with the bodys ability to eliminate toxins such as mercury and pesticides.
High fructose corn syrup has long been suspected of having an adverse impact on health and has been purportedly linked to obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and liver disease. The fructose-laden ingredient has even been reported to facilitate the growth of cancer cells.
Dufault made news in 2009 with another study (which was referenced in these new findings), also linking high fructose corn syrup to mercury. Many HFCS proponents and some in the autism community will immediately (and predictively) discount these new findings, but regardless, they still warrant further research.
With autism rates now at a mind-blowing 1 in 88, there are many who are desperately looking for a definitive cause and a silver bullet theory. Whether or not there is something to these new findings remains to be seen, but we must not give up on our quest for the truth.
OK so....what’s the mechanism?
Interesting would be to know the autism rates in Western Europe....where sugar is still used in products instead of HFCS like in the US and Canada.
Exhibit A. “The study, led by former FDA toxicologist...”
Exhibit B. “With autism rates now at a mind-blowing 1 in 88, there are many who are desperately looking for a definitive cause...”
Exhibit C. The countless normal children who got a vaccine and began showing autism symptoms soon after.
Hmmmm... tough one.
If you eat fresh food, including meat, poultry, fish, fruits and vegatables rather than canned processed food, you can eliminate most HFCS from your diet.
When canning your own produce, use cane sugar rather than HFCS.
Sounds like it causes a lack of zinc which causes mercury and other metals to accumulate in the body. My wife and I have long suspected processed foods as a possible culprit in all this. I won’t go into personal experience but our son is just fine.
“...interferes with the bodys ability to eliminate toxins such as mercury”
Mercury, as in the mercury in vaccines?
Oh, no, not THAT mercury. /sarc
So why is autism so prevalent among the children of really smart people, many of whom are health food nuts? If it were HFCS, you’d think the trailer parks would be full of autistic kids, where sodas often get drunk at every meal. But that’s not where the uptick is.
The vaccine study and the doctor who did it that caused that furor were proven to be frauds.
I don’t know about autism, but I had some persistent headaches for years until I gave up soda, which has high fructose corn syrup. The headaches stopped a couple days later and I have not had one since.
And how does HFCS cause a lack of zinc is my question?
An autism diagnosis means money, which is why the definition of autism has been broadly expanded in recent years.
Mercury is everywhere in the environment. It’s even in fish. Maybe canned tuna causes autism?
I just took a cold shower.
The molecular-biologist part of me shriveled...
Amish have an autism rate of 1 per 15,000. Everyone on average is 1 per 150.
Fructose increases the rate of iron absorption through the gut. Increased iron in brain reduces insulin sensitivity and reduces the rate of amino acid absorption into the brain neurons. Vertebrate neonates need to absorb sufficient glutamate into neurons to initiate the excitotoxin apoptosis in excess brain cells. Autism kids have 67% more brain cells than normal adults. The excess brain cells create the “white noise” that interferes with the kids ability to function.
I call BS.
An autism diagnosis means money, which is why the definition of autism has been broadly expanded in recent years.
I agree with that assessment. Much the same as the way they have been lowering and lowering what they deem to be the “good” cholesterol levels, down to what is it now, something like 120?
Even though study after study show there are millions and millions of totally healthy individuals with cholesterol in the 240-280 range.
No doctor will make a dime if he can convince you you are healthy.
I tend to think that even by older standards, autism has indeed increased. And I don’t mean mild or borderline cases.
Oh, boy. This ranks right up there with the Wakefield “study”. Pure junk science. I wonder how it got past the reviewers.
HFCS is just sugar. Table sugar is 50% each, glucose and fructose. Other commonly found sugars have varying amounts of glucose and fructose. HFCS is 40% or more fructose, the rest is glucose. The irony is that many people who have swallowed, hook line and sinker, the hype about the horrors of HFCS probably buy agave syrup as a “natural alternative” to sugar... agave syrup, which is almost all fructose.
I realize people want to blame something for autism. We don’t know what causes it yet, but it has all the characteristics of a genetic disorder.
“The vaccine study and the doctor who did it that caused that furor were proven to be frauds.”
I read about that, but just because a study is discredited does not disprove the connection. Many parents of autistic children have said that their child’s behavior changed soon after, or even the very week, of receiving a vaccine. The claims have been denied by those in power and by the pharmaceutical industry, the people who have the most to lose if the connection were proven.
More studies should be done — unbiased ones. But who would do them? Everyone has a stake in the outcome.
These are the same sh*t for brains researchers that keep changing their story on coffee: “Coffee causes hypertension and heart disease...” “No wait, now we've determined that coffee isn't as bad as we once thought and may even help to prevent dementia."
They can stick these studies up their butts.
“Fructose increases the rate of iron absorption through the gut. Increased iron in brain reduces insulin sensitivity and reduces the rate of amino acid absorption into the brain neurons. Vertebrate neonates need to absorb sufficient glutamate into neurons to initiate the excitotoxin apoptosis in excess brain cells. Autism kids have 67% more brain cells than normal adults. The excess brain cells create the white noise that interferes with the kids ability to function.”
What does this have to do with a zinc deficiency?
High fructose corn syrup from GM corn, or non-GM corn?
Is there BT toxin or a metabolite/breakdown product in the new and improved syrup?
Here are some other exhibits:
A) elemental mercury is not a health threat. http://junkfoodscience.blogspot.com/2009/01/latest-scare-du-jour-mercury-in-hfcs.html
B) The woman in question is not a scientist and the initial research she claimed to do was flawed and misleading.
C) Forget the mercury. Do you think that autistic behavior is encouraged or discouraged by consuming sugar?
Someone has to be at the bottom of the bell curve. That’s always been the case.
“Its even in fish. Maybe canned tuna causes autism?”
Oh, thank you! I just finished off a delicious tuna and sandwich-spread sandwich followed by tuna on crackers. I was just enjoying some hot cocoa and decided to check in on FR and saw this thread.
I would say more but for some reason my attention is wandering...
“I realize people want to blame something for autism. We dont know what causes it yet, but it has all the characteristics of a genetic disorder.”
“The test correctly predicted autism with more than 70 percent accuracy in people of central European descent, with study into other ethnic groups continuing.”
The primary location for zinc absorption is the small bowel. Zinc absorption is known to be affected by dietary factors. A deficiency of zinc plays havoc in the body's ability to process other minerals. The chain makes sense. If HFCS hinders zinc absorption, a lot of things could be affected including DNA synthesis, neural function in specific regions of the brain (speech and taste), and a whole host of other issues. The buildup of the unprocessed minerals (mercury et al) could be directly related to zinc levels. Interesting............
Another social pattern that affects zinc absorption - human milk increases absorption. What correlation could be drawn between the shrinking number of nursing mothers and the rise in autism? Could be interesting.
I know a family to which that happened. Their daughter is severely autistic, but she had been normal for almost two years or so. But now the only thing that child will willingly eat is soda pop and hot dogs. And that's what they give her because otherwise she shrieks like a banshee. Still in a diaper at age 10.
Many years ago a study at the University of Florida found that autisitc children had an elevated amount of milk protein in their blood.
“You, and most others here, lack critical thinking skills and are being led around by the nose.”
Many Freepers are quite intelligent, and many are wise.
Well, the original study was published in the Clinical Epigenetics Journal.
Epigenetics is kinda sorta a little bit like our regular understanding of genetics.
But epigenetics has to do not so much with what genes you may or may not have, but which of those genes are or are not turned on.
And the turning on/turning off of the genes is highly affected by environmental factors.
High-fructose corn syrup
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)also called glucose-fructose syrup in the UK, glucose/fructose in Canada, Glucose-Fructose syrup in the EU and high-fructose maize syrup in other countriescomprises any of a group of corn syrups that has undergone enzymatic processing to convert some of its glucose into fructose to produce a desired sweetness. In the United States, consumer foods and products typically use high-fructose corn syrup as a sweetener. It has become very common in processed foods and beverages in the U.S., including breads, cereals, breakfast bars, lunch meats, yogurts, soups, and condiments.
According to the USDA, HFCS consists of 24% water, and the rest sugars. The most widely used varieties of high-fructose corn syrup are: HFCS 55 (mostly used in soft drinks), approximately 55% fructose and 42% glucose; and HFCS 42 (used in beverages, processed foods, cereals and baked goods), approximately 42% fructose and 53% glucose. HFCS-90, approximately 90% fructose and 10% glucose, is used in small quantities for specialty applications, but primarily is used to blend with HFCS 42 to make HFCS 55.
In the U.S., HFCS is among the sweeteners that have primarily replaced sucrose (table sugar) in the food industry. Factors for this include governmental production quotas of domestic sugar, subsidies of U.S. corn, and an import tariff on foreign sugar; all of which combine to raise the price of sucrose to levels above those of the rest of the world, making HFCS cheaper for many sweetener applications. Critics of the extensive use of HFCS in food sweetening argue that the highly processed substance is more harmful to humans than regular sugar, contributing to weight gain by affecting normal appetite functions, and that in some foods HFCS may be a source of mercury, a known neurotoxin. The Corn Refiners Association disputes these claims and maintains that HFCS is comparable to table sugar. Studies by the American Medical Association suggest “it appears unlikely that HFCS contributes more to obesity or other conditions than sucrose”, but welcome further independent research on the subject. Further reviews in the clinical literature have disputed the links between HFCS and obesity, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome, and concluded that HFCS is no different from any other sugar in relationship to these diseases. HFCS has been classified generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 1976. Yet further study showed that with dietary zinc (Zn) loss and copper (Cu) gain from the consumption of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), metabolic processes required to eliminate heavy metals are impaired in children with autism. ...”
“Amish have an autism rate of 1 per 15,000. Everyone on average is 1 per 150.”
I had not heard that... interesting.
“And the turning on/turning off of the genes is highly affected by environmental factors.”
Such as mercury, zinc or hfcs or something else.
For all we know, it could even be the result of kids watching Big Bird and other TV shows for hours instead of playing with toys or their friends. But that is for another thread...
Is there any simple procedure to make table sugar crystals from HFCS? I would presume if they were both comprised of glucose and fructose molecules in solution, and more importantly, if both behaved similarly, then HFCS in solution should be as easy to convert to sucrose crystals as table sugar in solution is.
Multiple studies have shown that autism rates among the Amish are the same as the general population.
” Amish have an autism rate of 1 per 15,000. Everyone on average is 1 per 150.
I had not heard that... interesting.
The 12%ers don’t have autism? J/k
Maybe inbreeding cures autism???
And Global Warming. Oh, and George Bush.
A friend had her two kids diagnosed with Aspergers years ago. Five years apart in age but diagnosed at the same time.
I have a theory that most of those with kids diagnosed with autism have college degrees. Just a theory.
"Micronutrients are nutrients required by humans and other organisms throughout life in small quantities to orchestrate a whole range of physiological functions, but which the organism itself cannot produce. For people, they include dietary trace minerals in amounts generally less than 100 milligrams/day - as opposed to macrominerals which are required in larger quantities.
The microminerals or trace elements include at least iron, cobalt, chromium, copper, iodine, manganese, selenium, zinc and molybdenum. Micronutrients also include vitamins, which are organic compounds required as nutrients in tiny amounts by an organism."
“Their daughter is severely autistic, but she had been normal for almost two years or so. But now the only thing that child will willingly eat is soda pop and hot dogs.”
I am so sorry to hear that! My heart goes out to them.
About the hot dogs, that is the last thing they should be giving her. Hot dogs are high in nitrates, and I have read of a study that showed a possible connection with Leukemia. I don’t remember any details, but it isn’t good. Could they try to substitute another meat? (I know how fixated an autistic person can be to a specific routine/food.)
There is something on my heart to try to do something for families touched by disabilities and autism. I don’t know what it is yet. I only know that churches aren’t reaching them, and are not set up to help. I’ve even had the idea of starting a church specifically for families of autism and disabilities. I feel the pull, I just don’t know what to do with it.
“HFCS is just sugar.”
Highly concentrated sugar actually. The issue is not so much sugar which is not problematic consumed in modest amounts, but the very high concentration of sugar introduced when consuming HFCS products.
“...that churches arent reaching them, and are not set up to help. Ive even had the idea of starting a church specifically for families of autism and disabilities...”
That would be great to have such a church. And the local one could have an online outreach.
How about people who eat much honey, which is essentially natures hfcs...
Look at the chemical makeup of HFCS, compared to honey. They are so similar that Chinese criminals sometimes import HFCS labeled as honey.
So honey should cause the same problems as HFCS, right?
Not that I know of.
AFAIK, crystalline sugar has a higher market price, so if there was a cheap way to do it the market would drive it.
I'll conveniently ignore the artificial price supports on table sugar...
Autism Linked to High-Fructose Corn Syrup
A macroepigenetic approach to identify factors
responsible for the autism epidemic in the
The number of children ages 6 to 21 in the United States receiving special education services under the autism
disability category increased 91% between 2005 to 2010 while the number of children receiving special education
services overall declined by 5%. The demand for special education services continues to rise in disability categories
associated with pervasive developmental disorders. Neurodevelopment can be adversely impacted when gene
expression is altered by dietary transcription factors, such as zinc insufficiency or deficiency, or by exposure to toxic
substances found in our environment, such as mercury or organophosphate pesticides. Gene expression patterns
differ geographically between populations and within populations. Gene variants of paraoxonase-1 are associated
with autism in North America, but not in Italy, indicating regional specificity in gene-environment interactions. In
the current review, we utilize a novel macroepigenetic approach to compare variations in diet and toxic substance
exposure between these two geographical populations to determine the likely factors responsible for the autism
epidemic in the United States.
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