Not only is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) not good for us – despite how the corn refining companies dress it up, it’s still empty calories that we can do without – it’s found that up to 50% of it contains mercury.
Still, there is perhaps some light at the end of the tunnel. Last month 140 nations got together to develop an international treaty to phase out as much mercury use as possible. Not only that, but the U.S. was one of the leaders in pushing for this internationally binding legislation.
On the domestic front congress could help this by phasing out the use of mercury cell technology in domestic chlorine plants.
The U.S FDA should test HFCS for mercury content AND make those findings public.
We can all help, by cutting down on consumption of products containing HFCS.
Researchers at Chicago’s Loyola University have found that women who drink more than one can of sugar-laden soda each day nearly double showing signs of developing kidney disease.
The study involved a national sample of over 9,000 men and women, and one interesting find was that the same signs were not shown in men who drink a similar amount.
It could be the excess of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) found in most sodas, or given that mercury has also been found in HFCS, in other similar studies, this could also be a factor.
There has recently been a big advertising campaign by the corn industry to try and convince people that High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is as safe as food.
Well. two recent surveys have found mercury in many well known products that contain HFCS – such as Dr. Pepper, Hunts Tomato Ketchup, and Lipton Green Tea, amongst others.
It’s well to remember that HFCS contains mostly Fructose (hence the name) and NOT Sucrose, which is regular sugar, and that your body processes these in different ways.
Some people have found themselves to have a reaction to HFCS for this reason, in that it can irritate the digestive system in a way that sucrose does not.
Aside from the fact that regular sugar is a natural product, and HFCS isn’t, TGFC still recommends avoiding products containing HFCS. Better to be safe than sorry. While, you’re about it though, it’s always a good idea to cut back on regular sugar consumption too.