Saturday, February 21, 2009

Mercury. In High Fructose Corn Syrup!!!!

Ethicurean (one of my favorite places on the net!) has pointed us to one of the most important stories to break in the past few days. Let's talk about the convenience. Let's talk about the modern age of processed foods. Let's talk about big box grocery stores! Nah, let's talk about Mercury being found in foods containing high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Anybody for a peanut butter and Smucker's strawberry jelly sandwich?

It is probably the best summation of the issue. Mercury is a by-product of Caustic Soda. Caustic Soda is used to separate corn starch from the corn kernel. Mercury is a brain impairing substance, meaning it kills brain cells!!!!

Here is a list of the products that tested positive by not just one scientist but a group of them:

Quaker Oatmeal to Go, Jack Daniel’s Barbecue Sauce from Heinz, Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup, Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce, and Nutri-Grain Strawberry Cereal Bars, Smuckers Strawberry Jelly, Blueberry PopTarts and others. Here's the link to the pdf file containing the entire list of results.

I noticed the article at Mother Earth News The video spoof of the Sugar industry's commercial about HFCS being a natural sugar by the makers of King Corn is priceless. Watch it too!

What I love is that these products are all approved for use by the FDA, as well as HFCS, and as Ethicurean points out, cloned animals. I would love to get the FDA out of my kitchen all together.