Monday, March 2, 2009

the food that you eat may cause brain damage...

... especially if you're poor. This crazy headline hit the news recently and just in case I'm not the last person to hear this, read on.
Apparently, many of the foods containing high fructose corn syrup, a sweetener found in many of the foods that we eat everyday, contain mercury. Enough of it, in fact, that if consumed on a regular basis could cause problems. They have found this neurotoxin in everything from bread, oatmeal, yogurt, salad dressing to even baby formula.

"Mercury is toxic in all its forms," said IATP's David Wallinga, M.D., and a co-author in both studies. "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 FDA to help stop this avoidable mercury contamination of the food supply."

These findings come from two studies, one of which is published in the journal Environmental Health and the other is by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). According to the IATP, the average American consumes 12 teaspoons of HFCS a day and teenagers eating about 80% more than that. The Environmental Health study found mercury in 50% of the food containing HFCS that they tested. The source of the metal appears to be caustic soda and hydrochloric acid, which manufacturers of corn syrup use to help convert corn kernels into the food additive. There are a handful of plants out there that still manufacture HFCS in this way. Let's just hope that Obama closes down those plants.

One has to wonder now if this also has anything to do with the rising autism rates. What's even worse is that the FDA has known about this since 2005 and they are just now making this public knowledge.

Here is a table showing the amounts of Mercury in commercial products, many of which I have fed to Jake.

Product Name

Total mercury detected (ppt)

Laboratory detection limit (ppt)

Quaker Oatmeal to Go

350

80

Jack Daniel’s Barbecue Sauce (Heinz)

300

100

Hershey's Chocolate Syrup

257

50

Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce

200

100

Nutri‐Grain Strawberry Cereal Bars

180

80

Manwich Bold Sloppy Joe

150

80

Market Pantry Grape Jelly

130

80

Smucker’s Strawberry Jelly

100

80

Pop‐Tarts Frosted Blueberry

100

80

Hunt's Tomato Ketchup

87

50

Wish‐Bone Western Sweet & Smooth

72

50

Coca‐Cola Classic

62

50

Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt

60

20

Minute Maid Berry Punch

40

30

Yoo‐hoo Chocolate Drink

30

20

Nesquik Chocolate Milk

30

20

Kemps Fat Free Chocolate Milk

30

20

Hy‐Top Syrup

ND

50

Hawaiian Punch Fruit Juicy Red

ND

50

NOS High Performance Energy Drink

ND

50

A & W Root Beet

ND

30

Dr. Pepper

ND

30

Wyler's Italian Ices

ND

30

Market Pantry Ice Pops

ND

30

Kool‐Aid Bursts Tropical Punch

ND

30

Kool‐Aid Cherry Jammers

ND

30

Sunny‐D

ND

30

Snapple Peach Iced Tea

ND

30

Powerade Orange

ND

30

Lipton Green Tea

ND

30

Zoo Juice Orange

ND

30

Tropicana Twister Cherry Berry Blast

ND

30

Fanta Orange

ND

30

Pepsi

ND

30

7‐Up

ND

30

Hi‐C Wild Cherry

ND

30

Jell‐O Strawberry

ND

100

Market Pantry Applesauce

ND

100

Mott's Applesauce

ND

100

Campbell's Tomato Soup

ND

100

Aunt Jemima Original Syrup

ND

100

Hershey's Caramel Syrup

ND

100

Hershey's Strawberry Syrup

ND

100

Market Pantry Thousand Island

ND

100

Smucker’s Strawberry Syrup

ND

100

Heinz Hotdog Relish

ND

100

Market Pantry Cranberry Sauce

ND

100

Market Pantry Tomato Soup

ND

100

Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce

ND

100

Mrs. Butterworth Original Syrup

ND

100

Heinz Tomato Ketchup

ND

100

Wish‐Bone Thousand Island Dressing

ND

100

Welch's Grape Jelly

ND

100

Nesquik Strawberry Milk

ND

20

Land O’ Lakes Chocolate Milk

ND

20



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