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High Fructose Corn Syrup, Mercury and Research (opinion)

January 27, 2009
Adjusted sugar consumption patterns in United ...

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 The graph (left) show the adjusted per capita consumption in America sweeteners from 1970 to 2006.   [click on Wikipedia to get a better look at the graph.]  Notice that on the average, we consume approximately 38 lbs of HFCS yearly.  Consequences?

Look around you.  Have you noticed what appears to be a growing number of young people 24 and under who display some aspect of the autism spectrum.  Some people believe that mercury can find its way to the synaptic gaps in the brain.  Once there, the bodies own immune system attacks the errant mercury compounds.  The end result is inflammation and reduced conductance by the affected synaptic areas.  The debate is still raging but more and more people are beginning to question the value of calling HFCS a ‘natural substance’ that is not harmful to our health.  Thanks to Natural News for this article.

Where does all the mercury come from?

Most people don’t know how high-fructose corn syrup is really made. One of those processes is a bizarre chemical brew involving the creation of caustic soda by exposing raw materials to pools of electrified mercury in a large vat. Through this process, the caustic soda gets contaminated with mercury, and when corn kernels are exposed to this caustic soda to break them down, that contamination is passed through to the HFCS.
Another toxic chemical, glutaraldehyde, is also used in the production of HFCS. It’s so toxic that consuming even a small amount of it can burn a hole in your stomach.
But don’t worry: The Corn Refiners Association insists that HFCS is a “natural” ingredient, and their Chicago-based PR firm Weber Shandwick is now also claiming that HFCS has been declared “natural” by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It hasn’t really, of course, but that doesn’t stop the press releases from claiming it has. (If you think a liquid sugar processed with glutaraldehyde and contaminated with mercury is “natural,” then you’ve been duped. There’s nothing natural about a processed food ingredient made with toxic chemicals.)  

High Fructose Corn Syrup Contaminated with Toxic Mercury, Says Research (opinion)

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