Gross: Mercury in High Fructose Corn Syrup?

mercury, thermometerI'm sure you were just as grossed out as I was.

Earlier this week, it was all over the news that many common foods with the ingredient high fructose corn syrup contain mercury.

After the salmonella peanut butter scandal, I have more faith in my ability to balance my checkbook than I do in our food industry. I mean--and I know this is sacrilegious--I give my kids Sprite sometimes. Main ingredient? High fructose corn syrup. Almost all snack foods, drinks and God-knows-what-else contain it.

I'm sick to my stomach to think I might be feeding them that silver stuff inside of an old-fashioned thermometer. You know, the non-digital kind that our parents used to stick up our butts.


According to FoxNews: Food processors and the corn syrup industry group attacked the findings as flawed and outdated, but the researchers said it was important for people to know about any potential sources of the toxic metal in their food.

But to me, the researchers seem solid. They are former Food and Drug Administration scientist Renee Dufault and her colleagues. They tested 20 samples of high fructose corn syrup and found detectable mercury in nine of the 20 samples in everything from jam to juice to yogurt.

Even a small amount of it can be unhealthy states USNews. "Mercury is toxic in all its forms,” said IATP’s David Wallinga, M.D., and a co-author in both studies. “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 FDA to help stop this avoidable mercury contamination of the food supply."

CafeMoms were outraged this week in many groups, especially the private one Autism, Mercury Poisoning and Everything In Between. And check out Cafe Kierna's post about high fructose corn syrup in Big Kid Buzz.

I think we'll here more about this story. Milk killed people in China. Peanut butter claimed lives in the United States. How are you feeling? Do you trust the food industry right now?

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