Sweet Deceptions: Mercury in Your Food, AGAIN? – Your Health Detective

Two resent studies discovered mercury in half the samples of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) tested. In addition, a third of products listing HFCS as the first ingredient contained mercury.  The new study raises concerns about a previously unknown dietary source of this toxic medal, which has been linked, but not limited to, learning disabilities in children, heart disease, multiple chemical sensitivities, and even a contributor to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Dementia.

As if consumers don’t have enough fears about mercury toxicity from dental restorations and fish, now we’re assaulted by yet another source of mercury – all for the sake of profits with NO regard for consumer safety!..Continue reading…

If you consider fructose a safe, natural sugar, think again; you’ve been had by a huge nutritional bait-and-switch ploy. Fructose and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) have been aggressively promoted as natural sugars – we’ve been taught that fructose is fruit sugar, right?

The facts – fructose and HFCS, large-scale commercial sweeteners, didn’t exist 20 years ago. Now, they’re almost as common as sucrose-plain old white sugar. HFCS is added to processed foods and beverages including Coca-Cola, Snapple, and many health food products.
“Mercury is toxic in all forms,” said Dr. David Wallinga of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and co-author of both studies mentioned. “Given how much high-fructose corn syrup is consumed by children, it’s a significant additional source of mercury never before considered.”

The first study found mercury in 9 of 20 samples of commercial HFCS; the second found mercury in one-third of 55 brand-name foods.

Many manufacturers of HFCS use mercury-grade caustic soda during processing, among other things like hydrochloric acid, to separate corn kernel from corn starch to make the food additive – mercury contaminates the caustic soda which contaminates the HFCS. Mercury-contaminated products tested included name-brands such as Quaker, Hershey’s, Kraft and Smucker’s (Strawberry jelly, Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup and Blueberry Pop Tarts).

The bad news – consumers don’t know whether or not their drink or food contains HFCS made from ingredients like caustic soda contaminated with mercury,” said Wallinga. “The good news – mercury-free HFCS ingredients exist – food manufacturers just need a strong push from informed consumers to use those ingredients.”

There is no established safe dose for elemental mercury, the type discovered in corn syrup. The US Environmental Protection Agency says an average-sized woman should limit her exposure to 5.5 micrograms a day of methyl mercury, the kind found in fish. If that woman regularly ate corn syrup contaminated at the highest level detected in the study – 0.57 mcg per gram – the researchers estimated she could end up consuming mercury five times higher than the EPA’s safe dose.

We’re consuming more HFCS for several reasons; first, HFCS tastes distinctively sweeter than equivalent amounts of regular sugar; second, HFCS as a commodity is less expensive than sugar – food manufacturers need less to sweeten than with sugar, adding to their “bottom-line”.

Knowledge is Power!
The next time you’re shopping, pick up five random soft drinks – juices, enhanced waters and teas – read the label! Chances are the first or second ingredient is HFCS. Now, the real education comes in – read the label of ketchup, tomato sauce, cereal, crackers, salad dressings, sauces, gravies, broths, etc. HCFS is everywhere; in one day it is likely 80% of the processed food you consume is chock-full of HCFS.

There’s more. Recent research by Forrest Nielsen, Ph.D., of the USDA’s Human Nutrition Research Center in Grand Forks, N.D., found that fructose interferes with absorption of copper – an essential mineral needed to create hemoglobin in red blood cells. Additionally, fructose and other sugars contribute to heart disease by increasing what doctors call “spontaneous platelet aggregation”, an unnatural tendency toward blood clotting. A study published in the Aug. 1, 1990, Thrombosis Research, validates fructose promotes abnormal clotting much more than common sugar. Also, five volunteers ate a diet with 20 percent fructose, their total cholesterol and LDL shot-up. The combination of suppressed copper and high fructose also increased the number of free radicals – damaged molecules that contribute to cancer and aging.

There’s one more significant side effect of fructose – cross-linking that ties-up proteins in what biochemists call the Maillard reaction. This cross-linking occurs during the cooking of food, affecting both the taste and nutritional value. This reaction also occurs in the human body, and is suspected a factor in diabetes and aging, according to William Dills, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts. Dills noted in the Nov. 1993 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that the relationship between the “Maillard reaction-related cross-link in proteins, cells, tissues, and the overall aging process appears indisputable.”

These days, our per capita intake of refined sugar averages 150 pounds a year. HFCS accounts for 51.7 pounds of that, sucrose 64.5 pounds, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture – translating to about 60 pounds of fructose per person.

As with other refined foods, a little fructose won’t hurt you. The problem comes with the sheer quantity of “hidden” fructose (HFCS) and sucrose consumed in processed foods. For example, conventional and “healthier” soft drinks almost universally contain 11 percent HFCS by weight – 2.2 pounds per case.

In the next issue I’ll list and discuss “Medicine Cabinet Deceptions” that include eye and nose drops that still legally contain mercury.

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