Renaming High Fructose Corn Syrup to Fructose

Coca-Cola is the major offender in mercury tainted HFCS

Newly Renamed High Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Toxic Mercury

And here is where you can find it
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Anthony Gucciardi
by Anthony Gucciardi
Posted on January 5, 2015
There’s a lot of quite concerning and truly sneaky secrets behind the ingredient known as high-fructose corn syrup. Not only has the infamously-unhealthy additive gone through a ‘renaming’ process by corporations in an attempt to fool you into eating it, but it is also known to hold some tremendously toxic baggage.
Now branded as ‘fructose’ in processed foods thanks to the whole issue of the public absolutely avoiding high-fructose corn syrup like the plague, it’s important to look back at one landmark study that revealed the presence of ultra-toxic mercury within the ingredient.

Mercury is, as all of the experts admit, toxic in all of its forms. And as the study by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy found, nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products that listed HFCS as the first or second ingredient were found to contain it.
Even the co-author of the study, Dr. David Wallinga, warns:
“Mercury is toxic in all its forms. 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 [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] to help stop this avoidable mercury contamination of the food supply.”
So why are we eating it?
The reality is that since 2009, when this major study was released and syndicated throughout the Washington Post and others amid the daily news cycle, we have been knowingly consuming high-fructose corn syrup that is contaminated with mercury. Bad enough on its own, this combination now puts high-fructose corn syrup over the edge as one of the worst food offenders there is.
Until the FDA takes action, the ultimate answer is to avoid eating foods that have high-fructose corn syrup hiding in its ingredients list. Here’s a list of items that commonly contain high-fructose corn syrup (and remember its new name can classify it simply as ‘fructose’):
  • Soda
  • Juice
  • Chips and snack bags
  • Candy and candy bars
  • Breakfast bars
  • Baking ingredients and mixes
Meanwhile, numerous companies like Hershey’s have begun moving away from high-fructose corn syrup due to consumer demand.

The Mercury In High Fructose Corn Syrup

Lye is used to break down the hard kernels of corn to make all kinds of food products, especially high-fructose-corn syrup.

There are 3 ways to make lye, NaOH, with a Chloralkali process. 

Coca-Cola owns 9 currently operating plants in the USA that use the Mercury Cell Chloralkali method.

Here is an excerpt from a Mother Jones article dating back to 2004.

Here is a more scientific post in regards to the missing mercury.

Here is what the FDA had to say when fronted with the loss of mercury into the food supply and the runoff into local water supplies.

The EPA declared that "the fate of all the mercury consumed at mercury-cell chlor-alkali plants remains somewhat of an enigma." 

Mercury Creates Obesity

Many human bodies that are mercury toxic deal with the toxicity by making fat cells in which to store the mercury.

You Know What They Say about Corn Syrup...that It has Mercury in it.

Despite claims by the Corn Refiner Association to the contrary, there are in fact problems with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). In addition to being a major contributor to epidemic obesity and diabetes rates, you can add the presence of mercury to the growing list of reasons why HFCS is dangerous in any amount.
According to a recent Mother Jones article, in 2004 when FDA researcher Renee Dufault found mercury in HFCS samples from leading manufacturers, they did what any agency looking to protect public health would do: they asked her to stop her inquiry. The source of the mercury is thought to be lye, which is used to separate the cornstarch from the kernel. Many chemical companies make lye by pumping salt through large vats of mercury. That mercury-laced lye is most likely the same lye used in processing corn to make HFCS.
After the FDA tried to stymie Dufault’s inquiry, she decided pursue the matter further, sending the original 20 samples to be retested; nearly half of the samples contained mercury. This past January, Dufault published her findings in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health.
At issue between Dufault’s and the FDA’s claims is the what form the mercury is present—whether it’s elemental, inorganic or organic. The FDA, supposedly without any scientific substantiation, claims the mercury found was the relatively benign elemental form. Unfortunately, Dufault and her colleagues’ findings were inconclusive as to sample HFCS’s form, but they believed there was strong evidence that it might be the most harmful organic variety, whose property of easy absorption makes it particularly dangerous. If the mercury were organic, the amounts found would constitute a major health risk (particularly children, pregnant women, women who plan to become pregnant, and nursing mothers) for Americans whose insatiable appetite for sweetness and convenience leads them to consume average 50 grams of HFCS daily.
Putting aside how crummy refined sugar products like HFCS are for your health, the chance that Dufault et al might be right about the mercury, coupled with the the FDA's sketchiness should be sufficient reason to pass on the cookies and soda.
Via Mother Jones
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