Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Mercury Found in High Fructose Corn Syrup

My family members are diabetic, so I've been irritated by the corn industry's new TV commercials that say "high fructose corn syrup is fine in moderating".

Yeah right.

Turns out they've been creating the stuff with mercury.

"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 [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] to help stop this avoidable mercury contamination of the food supply," the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy's Dr. David Wallinga, a co-author of both studies, said in a prepared statement.

Full article here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/26/AR2009012601831_pf.html

And here are products that have mercury in them:
Product Name Total Mercury Limit of Detection (ppt)
Quaker Oatmeal to Go 350 80
Jack Daniel’s Barbecue Sauce (Heinz) 300 100
Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup 257 50
Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce 200 100
Nutri-Grain Strawberry Cereal Bars 180 80
Manwich Bold Sloppy Joe 150 80
Market Pantry Grape Jelly 130 80
Smucker’s Strawberry Jelly 100 80
Pop-Tarts Frosted Blueberry 100 80
Hunt’s Tomato Ketchup 87 50
Wish-Bone Western Sweet & Smooth Dressing 72 50
Coca-Cola Classic 62 50
Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt 60 20
Minute Maid Berry Punch 40 30
Yoo-hoo Chocolate Drink 30 20
Nesquik Chocolate Milk 30 20
Kemps Fat Free Chocolate Milk 30 20

The whole list is here: http://www.healthobservatory.org/library.cfm?refID=105026


PillowNaut said...

Wow. Thought-provoking. I just heard some major companies were switching from HF corn syrup back to cane sugar, and I'll bet this is the reason why!

trying2bhealthy said...

Thanks for the good information. One more reason to change my eating habits.