Another reason not to eat foods and drinks containing corn syrup

by admin on January 27, 2009

Aside from the fact that high-fructose corn syrup is probably one of the leading causes of America’s obesity problem there is another reason to steer clear of this sugary substance. Studies have come out that show traces of mercury in samples of high-fructose corn syrup. If you don’t already know it, soda and cereal are two of the big baddies as far as high-fructose corn syrup is concerned. They’re loaded with it.

The source of the metal appears to be caustic soda and hydrochloric acid, which manufacturers of corn syrup use to help convert corn kernels into the food additive.

A handful of plants across the nation still make the soda and acid by mixing a briny solution in electrified vats of mercury. Some of the toxic metal ends up in the final product, according to industry documents cited in the study.

Are you serious? What the heck are we putting in our bodies, people?

As parents, we have become much more conscious of what we feed our kids and as a result – what we eat as well. We stay away from high-fructose corn syrup laden foods, red dye (makes our son go nuts), bleached flour, and other baddies. We also try to make as much as we can from scratch so we know what is going in it.

Take a few minutes and look through the pantry shelves and your refrigerator. You might be amazed at the number of items that contain high-fructose corn syrup. You’re better off sticking with items made with simple can sugar. Sugar isn’t great for you, but it won’t give you mercury poisoning either.

Read all about the mercury in corn syrup

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