Mercury and HFCS

Mercury is toxic to humans.  It is also regularly present in the high fructose corn syrup that is so common in industrial food.  On average Americans consume 12 teaspoons daily of HFCS. 

HFCS is made using mercury-grade caustic soda produced in industrial chlorine plants.  Acres USA reports that a study published in Environmental Health magazine found mercury in 50% of the tested samples of commercial HFCS.  A separate study by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy found mercury present in approximately 1/3 of 55 popular brand name products using HFCS, including Quaker, Hershey’s, Kraft and Smuckers.  The products and their mercury content can be found at www.iatp.org.

This is just the latest of many health risks identified with HFCS, which has essentially replaced natural sugar as the sweetener in seemingly every product on the supermarket shelves.  HFCS is a highly processed corn derivative, and it’s increased usage has been linked to the skyrocketing incidence of juvenile diabetes, among other things.

HFCS is so prevalent in industrial and processed foods that is difficult to avoid it.  The best way is to buy whole unprocessed foods.  When pre-sweetened or processed foods are necessary, check the label and stay away from anything that has HFCS, or that has HFCS among the first-listed ingredients.

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