Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Study finds High Fructose Corn Syrup contains Mercury

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.

"Mercury is toxic in all its forms. Given how much high-fructose corn syrup is consumed by children, it could be a significant additional source of mercury never before considered. We are calling for immediate changes by industry and the [USFDA] to help stop this avoidable mercury contamination of the food supply,"

1 comment:

WindyD said...

Great post. Hopefully, the information will get out to the American public.
The corn refiners are spending millions to keep Americans consuming this artificial sweetner.