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January 31, 2009

Jones Soda Bottles, originally uploaded by Tubes..

The internet is all buzz with the news that high fructose corn syrup has detectable levels of mercury present. This is particularly scary considering HFCS can be found in almost every food product on the market.

“Almost half of tested samples of commercial high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) contained mercury, which was also found in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first- or second-highest labeled ingredient, according to two new U.S. studies.”

You can find the rest of the Washington Post story here.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 31, 2009 2:31 pm

    OoooOOoooh! Scary stuff! I wonder if it’s the same in EU (I’ve no illusions, but the food regulations doesn’t always match over the pond)?

    In Sweden we are debating artificial food colours right now since some of them are causing hyperactivity in children. I was unfortunate to see this work on my son when he was given some 100% artificial lemonade buy caloryconsious relatives – he was hyperactive for three days. After that I became even more thorough in only giving him food with natural flavours and colours – might have saved him a few doses of mercury too.

  2. HFCS permalink
    January 31, 2009 2:33 pm

    The good news is Jones sodas are made with Pure Cane Sugar!

    The bad news is Coke and Pepsi products are made with High Fructose Corn Syrup.

    Jones Soda = good

    Coke and Pepsi = bad

  3. January 31, 2009 3:00 pm

    Another reason to eat local non-manufactured products. There’s no HFCS in my chutney that I put on my burgers, or the pears I can from my garden, or my homemade grape juice.

  4. February 1, 2009 11:41 am

    Last week on NPR’s “The Splendid Table” the host mentioned a week long contest some folks were having during which they would eat nothing containing HFCS. She then laughed and said the only thing she could think of they would be able to eat is water – because “everything” has HFCS in it!

    She’s pretty close to correct. It’s as common in processed foods as the packaging it comes in.

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