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Old 02-09-09, 11:05 PM   #1
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High fructose corn syrup contains mercury? WTF?

Someone told me about this, and I looked it up, and sure enough, you can find a bunch of articles about it.

Meanwhile, they run ad's on national TV about how HFCS is fine in moderation. WTF?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...012601831.html

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/ne...ose-corn-syrup

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AHhhyup. Sez so right thar in yer link, Michie baybuh..
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One of the studies you note contains the following

Companies Respond

WebMD contacted the makers of all 17 products that tested positive for mercury in Wallinga's report.
ConAgra Foods, which makes Manwich Bold Sloppy Joe and Hunt's Tomato Ketchup, is "absolutely confident in the safety of our products," ConAgra Foods spokeswoman Stephanie Childs tells WebMD.
Childs notes that "the levels of mercury reported in our ketchup are well below the EPA's safe exposure level. In fact, we estimate that you'd have to eat more than 100 pounds of ketchup per day to even come anywhere near the EPA's safe exposure level in terms of mercury.

Another physician in the article says he does not think this is something for consumers to worry about.
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I read an article about this a few weeks ago, but the article didn't mention amounts. I mean, is it parts per billion amounts here, or is there a little bubble of quicksilver at the bottom of the bottle? It just says that they "found mercury."

With any luck, this'll be the next thing to receive the harsh light of scrutiny after the salmonella peanut issue is resolved.
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Still though, why would it be in there? What in the food manufacturing process could possibly justify mercury in food?
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This says it is parts per trillion and barely over the detection threshold in many cases.

http://blogs.consumerreports.org/hea...s-for-you.html
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It is a by product of the hfcs manufacturing process and that process has been phased out in the US, but as we are a global village, it is probably from HFCS from overseas.
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some toxins and microbes will always make it's way into your food...
it's all about dosage and how bad your current build up is. same goes to sodium, cholesterol, carbohydrates, etc. etc.


mercury is not that bad... mercurochrome for instance is quite nice as an external anti-biotic treatment for wounds.
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...mercury is not that bad... mercurochrome for instance is quite nice as an external anti-biotic treatment for wounds.
I remember that stuff. That and witch hazel were the only things my Grandmother (who had somehow managed to become an R.N. at some point in her earlier years) every used for any injury or illness.
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I had my share of mercuochrome dabbed on skinned knees by grandmother and mother alike. I thought the little glass dobber in the cap was cool.
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Still though, why would it be in there? What in the food manufacturing process could possibly justify mercury in food?
It's a naturally occurring chemical that is relatively widely distributed across the earth. In other words, it's in the dirt the corn grows in.

Some people likewise raise a big fuss about mercury in fluorescent lightbulbs. In reality, the amount in a CFL is about the same as is in a year's diet of tuna...and you don't eat the lightbulb.
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You'll find a great many elements in trace amounts in whatever you consume. There is also an acceptable level of bug parts in the food chain as well. Folks, nothing is 100% pure. Never was and never will be.
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You'll find a great many elements in trace amounts in whatever you consume. There is also an acceptable level of bug parts in the food chain as well. Folks, nothing is 100% pure. Never was and never will be.
No...however by processing the hell out of most of what people in the US and other countries eat, you are exposing yourself to a whole host of chemicals that you might not otherwise be exposed to. Also by "manufacturing" food you run the risk of increased contamination and sickness over a greater area, just like the current salmonella outbreak from the plant in Georgia. If it had been regional distribution it would possibly have been detected quicker, and perhaps contained quicker. I try to buy as much fresh locally produced food as possible for this reason.

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There are so many other bad things about HFCS that worrying about its mercury content is kinda like worrying about the lead content of a bullet.
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There are so many other bad things about HFCS that worrying about its mercury content is kinda like worrying about the lead content of a bullet.
Check out this x-ray of the diffusion of lead away from visually detectable bullet fragments in a deer:



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Still though, why would it be in there? What in the food manufacturing process could possibly justify mercury in food?
because its a product made from plants...mercury is in the soil.
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food dyes for instance. red #40
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because its a product made from plants...mercury is in the soil.
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Some pertinent common sense can be found here

http://junkfoodscience.blogspot.com/...y-in-hfcs.html
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food dyes for instance. red #40
is that cochineal?
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OMFG! There's picoscopic amounts of mercury in my food!

Here's another scary sounding tidbit to instill fear in people who don't know any better: We're being bombarded by measureable amounts of ionizing gamma and beta radiation every single day. Just take a thin-window G-M counter and leave it on in any room of your house and you can hear how much radiation is all around us.

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OMFG! There's picoscopic amounts of mercury in my food!

Here's another scary sounding tidbit to instill fear in people who don't know any better: We're being bombarded by measureable amounts of ionizing gamma and beta radiation every single day. Just take a thin-window G-M counter and leave it on in any room of your house and you can hear how much radiation is all around us.

Quick run! The sky is falling!
pshaw! We have more pressing matters...there's amino acids in my meat! amino acids! those are acidic! they might eat away the lining of my stomach or something! Why hasn't this made the papers? Or the Television or Radio? I mean they are acidic for pete's sake!
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I hear they make amino acids out of old El Caminos. That makes them double bad.
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There are so many other bad things about HFCS that worrying about its mercury content is kinda like worrying about the lead content of a bullet.
I almost never eat the stuff anyway, I just wanted to make sense of it.

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