Washington DC (ChatterShmatter) – Two studies conducted recently have revealed that some popular brand named products which contain high fructose corn syrup (hfcs) also contain traces of mercury.
A number of popular and widely used products such as processed foods, beverages, breads, cereals, lunch meats, yogurts, etc have replaced the usage of sugar with high fructose corn syrup. The mercury is apparently created during the making of the high fructose corn syrup. When making the sweetener it is necessary to separate corn starch from corn kernel and to do this caustic soda is used. A a mercury grade caustic soda created from industrial chlorine plants is sometimes used which in turn contaminates the hfcs with mercury.
Mercury is toxic in all forms according to the studies completed, and the frequent amounts of high fructose corn syrup used by the public without their knowledge since it is not disclosed on the labels whether the mercury grade plants are used in the generation of the hfcs.
It is believed that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) conducted a study in 2005 and found similar results but did not act on them, the result is on average, the public has consistently consumed 80% more mercury than is widely accepted, according to the report by the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy.