Saturday, January 31, 2009

Mercury in High Fructose Corn Syrup

As if we needed another reason to avoid high fructose corn syrup, a new study is finding mercury in almost half of the tested samples. Yes, the very same thing that we have been trying to avoid in vaccinations has made it's way into the food supply.

Almost half of tested samples of commercial high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) contained mercury, which was also found in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first- or second-highest labeled ingredient, according to two new U.S. studies.
HFCS has replaced sugar as the sweetener in many beverages and foods such as breads, cereals, breakfast bars, lunch meats, yogurts, soups and condiments. On average, Americans consume about 12 teaspoons per day of HFCS, but teens and other high consumers can take in 80 percent more HFCS than average.

Read the whole article here.

I will continue to be a label reader and stick with as much organic and whole foods as I can. Every time I turn around there is more evidence that this is necessary... especially for those little developing minds and bodies.

3 comments:

  1. I read this yesterday and flipped! Alex eats syrup and jelly every day...so I made fresh syrup for him yesterday, and got some simply fruit jam for his PB&J. So scary!

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  2. I know Katie. Be sure to check your breads and dressings as well. It is in a lot of things that you wouldn't think of being "sweet."

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  3. Wow that is incredible disturbing. This needs to be outed in the mainstream media.

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