Do you need an easy, clear-cut reason to curb or eliminatejunk food? How about recent reports that foods with lots of High Fructose Corn Syrup may be contaminated with mercury, a potent neurotoxin. Healthy Child Healthy World has cited three studies, which have found mercury contamination in 30-50% of foods that contain High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) as the first or second highest labeled ingredient—including products by Quaker, Hershey’s, Kraft and Smucker’s. Here’s the thing, the average American consumes 12 teaspoons of HFCS per day! If even 1/4 of that is contaminated with mercury, that would be a serious source of poison and could certainly account for all sorts of ill-health, from autism to dementia. So, when grandma asks why you won’t let your children have soda or why you always read labels, tell her you don’t want to fry your kid’s brain. That should work.
Mercury in High Fructose Corn Syrup January 31, 2009