Food prices have skyrocketed in the United States since the 1970s, and the U.S. food supply has suffered for decades.
But there are some people who are not happy about it.
A new study published Monday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that high-sugar foods and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are linked to a host of health problems.
“Our study found that the food supply is increasingly contaminated with toxic metals and is highly susceptible to a variety of chronic diseases,” said lead author Andrea Stoll, a doctoral student in public health at Rutgers University.
“There is a lot of misinformation out there about HFCS and its effect on our health,” Stoll said.
The researchers compared food products and chemicals in U. S. grocery stores with those used in industrial kitchens, and also measured the amount of metal and other pollutants that were found in the food.
They found that products containing HFCAAs, a sugar substitute used to make foods, had much higher levels of metals than other types of products, and they were linked to health problems including asthma, obesity and higher rates of cancer.
They also found that HFCCAs also had more toxic metals than did non-HFCAAAs.
The U.K. Food Standards Agency, which regulates food safety, said in a statement that the findings showed there is a clear need for the Food Standards Authority to work more closely with food manufacturers and food industry to develop and implement regulations that are more stringent and effective.
“Foods and drinks manufacturers should consider the health effects of HFCAs, Stoll and colleagues wrote.
In addition to the food and beverages, the study also looked at the use of chemicals in the production of processed foods and beverages.”
As we know from other studies, high levels of metal ions in food are linked with a variety and severity of chronic disease and chronic disease complications, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes,” the authors wrote.