June 2, 2012
The average American eats 35 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup per year, a hazardous ingredient that recent research has linked to a significant decrease in brain function related to both memory and learning. The researchers even go on to say that the ubiquitous substance can make you ‘stupid’ . Considering that high fructose corn syrup is present in over 90% of processed food items like sodas and candy, enough so to make up the 35 pound annual figure, it is easy to see that the average American diet is made up of enough HFCS to seriously impact mental capabilities.
So what does this mean for the United States and other nations where high-fructose corn syrup consumption has run rampant? Outside of the obvious issue surrounding the fact that agencies like the FDA continue to let this ingredient and others be used throughout the food supply despite numerous studies linking  it to a multitude of problems, it raises concern over just how much of an impact toxic additives like HFCS have on the nation’s mental abilities. When considering that high-fructose corn syrup is but one of many dangerous food ingredients that can harm your biological functions, it really puts the matter into perspective.
And the research is quite clear. Conducted by the UCLA and published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Physiology, the landmark study  established the relationship between a diet high in HFCS and decreased brain function — particularly when it comes to memory and learning (two key characteristics of the academic field and basically anything else in life).
“Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think,” explained professor of neurosurgery Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, who is from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
In the past, high-fructose corn syrup has also been found to contain mercury  — an element that is toxic in all forms and poses a direct threat to human health. While the amount of mercury present in the substance is not clear based upon the research, it is easy to downplay this fact by saying that the mercury content is present in very ‘low’ levels. When considering the fact that the average American now consumes an entire 35 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup annually (food being but one source of mercury exposure), it becomes more apparent how much of a health threat mercury exposure really is.
The ‘average American diet’ is continually being shown as a destructive trap full of proverbial health landmines and invisible pitfalls. It’s time for both the public and leading officials to change the food paradigm. Citizens are eating themselves into ‘stupidity’ and disease, and they may not even be aware!
This post first appeared at Natural Society