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High-fructose corn syrup contains mercury
« on: January 29, 2009, 11:45:43 PM »

Study: High-fructose corn syrup contains mercury

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay
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.

HFCS has replaced sugar as the sweetener in many beverages and foods such as breads, cereals, breakfast bars, lunch meats, yogurts, soups and condiments. On average, Americans consume about 12 teaspoons per day of HFCS, but teens and other high consumers can take in 80% more HFCS than average.

"Mercury is toxic in all its forms. Given how much high-fructose corn syrup is consumed by children, it could be a significant additional source of mercury never before considered. We are calling for immediate changes by industry and the [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] to help stop this avoidable mercury contamination of the food supply," the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy's Dr. David Wallinga, a co-author of both studies, said in a prepared statement.

In the first study, published in current issue of Environmental Health, researchers found detectable levels of mercury in nine of 20 samples of commercial HFCS.

And in the second study, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), a non-profit watchdog group, found that nearly one in three of 55 brand-name foods contained mercury. The chemical was found most commonly in HFCS-containing dairy products, dressings and condiments.

But an organization representing the refiners is disputing the results published in Environmental Health.

"This study appears to be based on outdated information of dubious significance," said Audrae Erickson, president of the Corn Refiners Association, in a statement. "Our industry has used mercury-free versions of the two re-agents mentioned in the study, hydrochloric acid and caustic soda, for several years. These mercury-free re-agents perform important functions, including adjusting pH balances."

However, the IATP told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that four plants in Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio and West Virginia still use "mercury-cell" technology that can lead to contamination.

IATP's Ben Lilliston also told HealthDay that the Environmental Health findings were based on information gathered by the FDA in 2005.

And the group's own study, while not peer-reviewed, was based on products "bought off the shelf in the autumn of 2008," Lilliston added.

The use of mercury-contaminated caustic soda in the production of HFCS is common. The contamination occurs when mercury cells are used to produce caustic soda.

"The bad news is that nobody knows whether or not their soda or snack food contains HFCS made from ingredients like caustic soda contaminated with mercury. The good news is that mercury-free HFCS ingredients exist. Food companies just need a good push to only use those ingredients," Wallinga said in his prepared statement.


http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-01-27-corn-syrup_N.htm?POE=click-refer






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Re: High-fructose corn syrup contains mercury
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2009, 11:59:24 PM »

I knew there was a reason I avoid that stuff whenever/wherever possible.

Problem is, it's in everything...

Except:


Proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.   :)
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Re: High-fructose corn syrup contains mercury
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2009, 11:45:27 AM »

Problem is, it's in everything...

exactly.

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Re: High-fructose corn syrup contains mercury
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2009, 11:49:13 AM »

Best Soda EVER (tied with most jones sodas)
http://www.dublindrpepper.com/
and no HFCS!
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Re: High-fructose corn syrup contains mercury
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2009, 03:02:14 PM »

The Kroger stores near me have regular ol' Coca-Cola (sweetened with HFCS) in the soda aisle
for about $3 for a six-pack...  and over in the imported-foods aisle, the have Mexican-bottled
Coke (sugar-sweetened) for about $3 a bottle (that's a roughly-pint-size bottle)....

Call me racist or whatever, but two things that bug me:
France's National Anthem is a better song than ours...
...and Mexico's CocaCola is better than ours...

It's just not right.
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Re: High-fructose corn syrup contains mercury
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2009, 10:50:19 PM »

Fuck. 5 cokes a day.
 

Mercury is also in tooth fillings. Damn it.
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Re: High-fructose corn syrup contains mercury
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2009, 10:51:56 PM »

Best Soda EVER (tied with most jones sodas)
http://www.dublindrpepper.com/
and no HFCS!

I just Jones sodas, but I always feel like I'm just giving myself diabetes whenever I drink one.
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Re: High-fructose corn syrup contains mercury
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2009, 11:06:12 PM »

jones soda is good, but it isn't something i can drink on a regular basis.

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Re: High-fructose corn syrup contains mercury
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2009, 09:52:19 PM »

There are 90 grams of sugar in a Jolt Blue, my soda of choice. I drink about three a day. SOmetimes four, but we'll call it three for the sake of the math. Fifty grams equal twelve teaspoons of high fructose corn syrup. I drink more than five times that in a day. I am drinking in excess of sixty teaspoons of high fructose corn syrup every day.
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Re: High-fructose corn syrup contains mercury
« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2009, 10:58:04 PM »

This is why I drink water, hot tea, Izze (if I can find it), and Lorina juices (if I can find them).  *mouth water*  I've never liked soda (though if I'm around a Coke drinker, I'll have one once in a while), but I love sparkling water (Perrier not Pellegrino pls), and I love fruit juice.  Izze is both.  Squeek.


Yes, I actually have a sparkling water preference.  There's something sweeter about Perrier that I like.  Especially the lemon-flavored Perrier.  *lame*


edit:  Wtf, Wyatt?  You're gonna be dead or fat before the apocalypse (which apparently is coming pretty soon, according to Southern folk).
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Re: High-fructose corn syrup contains mercury
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2009, 11:11:09 PM »

The Kroger stores near me have regular ol' Coca-Cola (sweetened with HFCS) in the soda aisle
for about $3 for a six-pack...  and over in the imported-foods aisle, the have Mexican-bottled
Coke
(sugar-sweetened) for about $3 a bottle (that's a roughly-pint-size bottle)....

Call me racist or whatever, but two things that bug me:
France's National Anthem is a better song than ours...
...and Mexico's CocaCola is better than ours...

It's just not right.

We sell these -- and the Mexican Pepsi -- at the record store I work at for $1.00 each.
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Re: High-fructose corn syrup contains mercury
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2009, 11:36:12 PM »

edit:  Wtf, Wyatt?  You're gonna be dead or fat before the apocalypse (which apparently is coming pretty soon, according to Southern folk).

It's probably not very good, huh? I've lived this long though, and I've been swilling ungodly amounts of soda since I was fifteen. I'll be thirty-nine day after tomorrow.
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Re: High-fructose corn syrup contains mercury
« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2009, 11:42:44 PM »

ZOMG HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, MAH NIGGA!

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Re: High-fructose corn syrup contains mercury
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2009, 11:44:13 PM »

In the first study, published in current issue of Environmental Health, researchers found detectable levels of mercury in nine of 20 samples of commercial HFCS.

And in the second study, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), a non-profit watchdog group, found that nearly one in three of 55 brand-name foods contained mercury. The chemical was found most commonly in HFCS-containing dairy products, dressings and condiments.

I can never understand studies like this.

That's a horrible way to do an experiment. They only test 20 samples? Really? I mean...it doesn't even take that long. I don't get it. Grab 100 samples why don't you? And test em in triplicate.

Still, the stuff is bad for you. Wyatt, that's pretty awful. I'd recommend cutting back now, before you're ordered to stop entirely so you don't become diabetic.  :buck2:
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Re: High-fructose corn syrup contains mercury
« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2009, 01:07:51 AM »

I think I'd have to replace it with the blood of innocents for the first few months. Sometimes, I'll have a beer so I'm not drinking so much soda.

And thank you, Caddy. It's very unlike me to let it be known in public like this.
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« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2009, 01:30:50 AM »

There are 90 grams of sugar in a Jolt Blue, my soda of choice. I drink about three a day. SOmetimes four, but we'll call it three for the sake of the math. Fifty grams equal twelve teaspoons of high fructose corn syrup. I drink more than five times that in a day. I am drinking in excess of sixty teaspoons of high fructose corn syrup every day.
Thing is.... 

According to wiki (which I consulted to get a "quoteable" figure), the "high fructose" corn syrup
in most foodstuffs (including soda/pop/soft-drinks) is between 40% and 50% glucose...  It's the
dietary equivalent of sticking a sugar IV in yer arm... 

In terms of how your body metabolizes the stuff (and, by the way, the mouth-feel of the beverage)
cane sugar/sucrose and HFCS are two completely different things.  I'll leave the really hard-science
explanation for one of the bio-chem folks, but basically glucose is like sucrose that's already two-thirds
processed...

I actually had a lengthy discussion with a CCE chemist about this once, and he swore up and down that
there's no difference.  [His statement, from most people, could be misinformation, but from a qualified
specialist, I'm gonna call it a bald-faced lie.]
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« Reply #16 on: February 04, 2009, 09:37:24 AM »

So, you're saying the situation isn't as bad as it seems?
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Re: High-fructose corn syrup contains mercury
« Reply #17 on: February 04, 2009, 12:15:19 PM »

So, you're saying the situation isn't as bad as it seems?
Worse, actually... 

When you were a kid, did your mom tell you to eat more carbohydrates and less refined sugar?
The carbs get broken down to provide energy, like the sugars, but it takes longer...  HFCS is
something like the ultimate sugar:  it requires as little processing as any energy-source food
you can eat.  I suppose the next step really is an injectible energy drink...


Ohandbytheway...  No wide-ranging scientific study has conclusively linked HFCS with the
increasing incidence of diabetes.  Further, no one has proved that the absence of such
studies has anything to do with the corn and food-processing industries lobbying with great
success to keep any government money from being used to study the long-term effects
of high HFCS levels in one's diet.

Anyone who suggests that the additional presence of easily bio-available glucose in damn near
everything we eat these days could possibly be having an adverse effect on our collective health....
Well that's just crazy talk...  Utter paranoid nonsense.


Oh, and Nyyorkskyyikwawks'k?  Do ya like Coca Cola?  If so, get yerself a bottle of the regular
ol' Coke Classic (made from the original recipe, don'tcha know, except for the HFCS), and one
of the overpriced Mexican stuff...  Do your own "blind taste test" and tell me there's no difference.
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Re: High-fructose corn syrup contains mercury
« Reply #18 on: February 04, 2009, 04:23:18 PM »

Only 20 test samples? What the fuck.

Plus, HFCS isn't that unhealthy. It's quite chemically similar to honey, and if honey isn't natural, I don't know what is. Hell, in one of the resturants I worked in, the head chef would use corn syrup to cut sidr honey, because it's so expensive. Both have a similar fructose/glucose ratio, and both contain some sucrose and other sugars. Both are apporximately 3 kcal/g. There are very few tests for adulteration that will let you know if your $6 an ounce has been stretched with HFCS 55.

It doesn't taste as good as cane sugar, though, but it's easy to produce, readily available, and cheap. But I've a feeling that the presence of mercury in HFCS was a fluke, with only 20 test samples.
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« Reply #19 on: February 04, 2009, 07:04:37 PM »

Only 20 test samples? What the fuck.

Plus, HFCS isn't that unhealthy. It's quite chemically similar to honey, and if honey isn't natural, I don't know what is. Hell, in one of the resturants I worked in, the head chef would use corn syrup to cut sidr honey, because it's so expensive. Both have a similar fructose/glucose ratio, and both contain some sucrose and other sugars. Both are apporximately 3 kcal/g. There are very few tests for adulteration that will let you know if your $6 an ounce has been stretched with HFCS 55.

It doesn't taste as good as cane sugar, though, but it's easy to produce, readily available, and cheap. But I've a feeling that the presence of mercury in HFCS was a fluke, with only 20 test samples.
All true...  Now imagine if every damn thing in the groocery store contained a couple tablespoons of honey...

In moderation, it's not gonna kill anyone (unless they're, like, diabetic...), but moderation is really hard
to arrange, 'cuz that stuff is in everything. 
(Ya know, there's a good market for all-natural tomato sauce...)
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« Reply #20 on: February 04, 2009, 08:24:12 PM »

Oh, and Nyyorkskyyikwawks'k?  Do ya like Coca Cola?  If so, get yerself a bottle of the regular
ol' Coke Classic (made from the original recipe, don'tcha know, except for the HFCS), and one
of the overpriced Mexican stuff...  Do your own "blind taste test" and tell me there's no difference.



I used to. It tastes and feels too watery to me now. I used to drink Coke abroad too, but the only side-by-side taste test I was ever able to do was that of two countries other than the US. Spain and Morocco. I actually brought a Moroccan Coke back to the US, but I was going to save it. I eventually drank it in a moment pf othercokelessness. No taste test.

Not mine, but it looked like this:

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