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Mercury Found in Corn Syrup

28 January 2009

Do you, or have you ever, eaten Nutri-Grain Strawberry Cereal bars?  What about Quaker Oatmeal or Hersye’s Chocolate Syrup?  Perhaps you’ve had a nice lunch of Yoplait Strawberry yogut, a PB&J with Market Pantry Grape Jelly with a cool, refreshing Coca-Cola to wash it all down.  Unfortunately, if you’ve had any of these products, you might have been getting something extra with them – mercury.

What all these processed foods have in common is High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), a susbtance that has become ubiquitous in food the past few decades.  And according to a peer-reviewed report published by Environmental Health, HFCS is commonly tainted with mercury.

There’s been plenty of debate about mercury on this blog concerning compact fluorescent light bulbs, but I think we can all agree – there shouldn’t be ANY mercury in the food we are giving to our children!  If you’re really concerned, now would be a good time to think about going local and organic and giving up that HFCS for good.

:: Grist, Star Tribune

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