In 2010 consumer protest stopped the planting of GMO sugar beets, pending legal action. Currently 50% of the sugar crop grown in the U.S. is GMO sugar. The Hawaiian papaya is the newest GMO crop that has recently been developed.
Corn is also used to make everything from synthetic vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and high fructose corn syrup to diapers and charcoal. Buyer beware of synthetic vitamins. These man-made vitamins are not the same as the vitamins found naturally in food. Read the article Natural vs Synthetic in the Nutrition section of the Services tab for more information on the difference between the two types of vitamins.
There is another reason to avoid high fructose corn syrup. Recently mercury was found in 50% of the high fructose corn syrup sold in the US. Mercury was previously used in the production of high fructose corn syrup. The current manufacturing plants that make high fructose corn syrup are still contaminated with mercury. There are currently no plans to clean up the mercury contamination due to the high cost involved.
Buyer beware when switching from high fructose corn syrup to other sweeteners like NutraSweet, Equal or Aspartame. These are all the same product, which was originally invented as a drug. When it was discovered that it had a sweet taste it was magically transformed from a drug to a food additive. Aspartame is now present in 6,000 products and used in over 90 countries.
When Aspartame is stored or heated above 85 degrees F it breaks down into neurologically toxic chemicals. Your body temperature is 98.6. When aspartame is consumed the chemical is broken down into these neurotoxic substances: Methanol (wood alcohol), Formaldehyde (embalming fluid, also found in commercial cosmetics), Formic Acid, (ant sting venom) and DKP (a known brain tumor agent).
Also, pop sweetened with artificial sweeteners or sugar is 50,000 times more acidic than tap water. It would take 32 glasses of neutral pH 7 water to neutralize the effect on the body from drinkiing one can/bottle of pop.
Aspartame consumption through diet pop has recently been linked to MS, Systemic Lupus, and Fibromyalgia. It is manufactured in North America in Aiken, South Carolina in a genetic engineered GMO bacterial factory. The parent company who owns the NutraSweet/Aspartame patent is Monsanto, maker of the popular weed killer, Round-Up.
Recent news stories about the dangers of Aspartame have resulted in a new marketing strategy. In 2010 Aspartame had a name change to AminoSweet. Buyer beware of food products with AminoSweet. This is the same toxic substance with a nice new sounding name.
Buyer beware of another artificial sweetener Sucralose or Splenda. This is a created sweetener made by combining a molecule of sugar with three chlorine atoms. It is found in nearly 4,000 food, beverage and health-care products, including diet drinks, ice cream, salad dressings, protein bars, vitamins, toothpaste, gum, and over-the- counter drugs.
Avoid consuming any baked goods with this product. Heating Sucralose or Splenda to body temperature or higher turns this artificial sweetener into a cancer chemical, Dioxin. Dioxin was banned in the 1970’s due to its toxicity.
Agave is a newer sweetener on the market. Agave syrup is not a naturally occurring raw sugar. Agave is processed through an enzymatic and chemical conversion that refines, clarifies, heats, and chemically alters the non- sweet starch into a highly refined sweetener, fructose. Buyer beware that agave is a high fructose sugar syrup that is not a low glycemic index sweetener.
For optimal health it is best to eat real foods that are certified organically grown, and to use real sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, molasses and stevia, a naturally sweet plant.
Disclaimer: The recommendations in this article are not to be taken as medical advice. Consult a qualified health care practitioner if you need help with healthier food choices, and for specific recommendations on your personal health issues.
Copyright 2010 Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, BS, DC, ND