Wednesday, January 28, 2009

HFCS: More Not So Sweet news

I've posted about High Fructose Corn Syrup before - here and here. Now it's come out that in many cases it is contaminated with Mercury. You heard that, MERCURY! This contaminated Mercury was found in 31% of the random products tested by The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and 45% of the straight HFCS samples tested by an FDA researcher - in 2005. But this research wasn't published by the FDA. No the FDA, I guess, decided that we didn't need to know that much of the processed food on our shelves might be contaminated with mercury. She quit last year and began working for Environmental Health, who published the study this week. So three years has passed with the FDA aware of products on our shelves containing mercury-laced HFCS. has a great article about how the mercury probably got into the HFCS so I won't go into it here.

I must say that I am getting very frustrated with the government agencies that are tasked with keeping the food supply safe failing the job miserably, either through poor knowledge OR on purpose. Neither of these two possibilities are OK with me.

One more thing, you know how HFCS is supposed be "natural" (according to the FDA) and really just the same as sugar? Did you know that the following chemicals are used to MAKE HFCS? Caustic soda, hydrochloric acid, alpha-amylase, gluco-amylase, isomerase, ilter aid, powdered carbon, calcium chloride, and magnesium sulfate.

soooo, natural, right?

1 comment:

-Your Friendly Neighborhood Dentonista said...

Keep it up! I just had my first conversation where someone said, "You know what they say about HFCS..." completely referencing that BS campaign, and sort of wanting to know, 'IS HFCS so bad?'