High Fructose Corn Syrup Oozing Mercury...

A new study in Environmental Health discovered mercury in citric acid, sodium benzoate and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). An analysis of HFCS from three different manufacturers revealed mercury levels ranging from under the detection limit of 0.005 to 0.570 micrograms of mercury per gram of high fructose corn syrup. The researchers claim average daily consumption of HFCS in America is 50 grams per person, spelling possible danger for children and sensitive populations; Reuters investigates.

But back in October, the lunatics at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ruled that high fructose corn syrup is natural, prompting an ad campaign by corn refiners insisting that HFCS is the same as sugar. Yeah, because that’s something to brag about!

Sorry sugar pushers. Previous reports have linked high fructose corn syrup with diabetes and obesity and soft drinks with cardiovascular disease.

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James - February 3, 2009 3:13 PM

The "new" study was conducted back in 2005, and the results were not followed up with any re-testing, so this study hardly qualifies as a smoking gun. Seems to me if people were being poisoned by mercury, even in trace amounts, the CDC would've intervened a long time ago.

The much more pertinent issue with HFCS is the increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, of which MANY studies have been performed

James S

pete - March 20, 2009 5:25 PM

Mercury is a common preservative in vaccines. CDC hasn't intervened there has it?

Don't expect the government to protect you, they are compromised by commercial interests who have a lot to loose if products are pulled from the market.

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