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Study Finds that Many Foods with High Amounts of Corn Syrup Contain Mercury

On January 27th, 2009 it was reported by Reuters that a study detected mercury in about one half of the samples they tested.

This study was published in the journal of Environmental health by Renee Dufault, who is a former Food and Drug Admin scientist.

She and her colleagues were the ones who found the mercury tainted corn syrup. Out of twenty samples tested, nine contained the toxic metal, mercury.

King Corn Documentary

History of CornIt is difficult to find packaged and bottled food when circling the isles of the common supermarket that do not contain corn syrup or high-fructose corn syrup. This is because corn is one of the largest crops produced in the US.

Corn crops are taking over the land of so many small farmers across the US. Recently, two young Yale graduates, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis released a powerful story tracing the history of corn in modern America and how it does not resemble the corn of our past.

To learn more about genetic corn, and its invasive promotion check out this eye opening documentary, King Corn.

Concerns About Mercury in Corn Syrup

Since many common foods are made using high fructose corn syrup you may wonder how the syrup become contaminated? Is it in the corn, or is the mercury introduced in the processing?

Also of concern — when Dufault told the FDA of her findings they pretty much ignored the study and didn’t follow up. But, Dr. David Wallinga, a food safety researcher and activist heard of the study and decided to conduct his own.

He decided to test actual food. He went to the supermarket and attained fifty-five different foods that contained high amounts of high fructose corn syrup. Foods such as barbecue sauce, jam, chocolate syrup, and even yogurt.

Now here is the scary news:

Dr. David Wallinga’s study, found one out of three products contained mercury above the detection limit.

Debate by the Corn Refiners Association

Cedar Rapids Iowa Corn RefinerNext, the Corn Refiners Association challenged Wallinga’s findings on the opinion that the study was biased, and of a dubious nature.

Wallinga and his colleagues suspect that the mercury was introduced to the food during production at plants that used mercury-grade-caustic soda produced in chlorine plants, but remained unable to prove this hypothesis.

The Corn refiners Association reported back that their industry used both hydrochloric acid and caustic soda that were mercury-free (two substances in the study) and had been used for several years.

Although Willinga did not test foods that did not contain corn syrup, this news is important to note and more studies need to be done to determine why corn syrup based foods even contain mercury.

If you are pregnant, nursing, have children, or are concerned about introducing heavy metals into your system and the health risks, you might want to take note of this study and find alternative choices.

Manufactures are getting wise to the effects of high fructose corn syrup and its link to diabetes, obesity, and other health ailments so you do have alternatives.

Look for products that are sweetened with natural substances, like organic sugar cane, agave, yacon syrup, brown rice syrup, stevia, or honey versus synthetic, artificial sweeteners, and chemically created substances like high fructose corn syrup.

King Corn Movie TrailerYou may also appreciate Cheney and Ellis’ documentary

Click to watch > Video Trailer of King Corn Movie.

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10 comments

  1. Very interesting study as well as worrying. It is disappointing that the FDA has ignored this. Surely these products should be withdrawn straight away as they can cause harm to others.

  2. I enjoyed your post! Corn syrup seems to show up in everything. If you are interested in reading other articles about healthy and natural living check out Southwest Institute of Healing Arts new blog http://www.holistichealthandme.com – I think you would like it 🙂

  3. This is kind of disturbing. Thanks to this article, we may now think twice or thrice before eating such foods.

  4. This kind of news is always disturbing because you have to trust people in the food chain. I hope this news gets out so more people can be informed. Good article.

  5. Tony, you should have learned by now that the FDA is governed by the drug makers. In other words they get big money to keep the status quo of drugs and toxic chemicals in our food so that people get sick. Think about it. It’s a money making machine. The more people are sick the more money Big Pharma makes big money and it goes out to the FDA. The execs wear Rolex , ride around in Rolls, your grandma and sister end up at the hospital with terminal cancer. Do you think they care? Our deaths equal money to them.

  6. When my son was diagnosed with autism I read so much online about autism, and found some believe it is caused by mercury. So, I’ve never fed my children fish, because it contains mercury, and now I am stopping the HFCS.

  7. This is very interesting as it is the first time I have heard of this. I had heard that tuna can contain high levels of mercury but finding it is something that is used in food production is a totally different kettle of fish, excuse the pun.

  8. Another study, this time done by Princeton University on Effects of High Fructose Corn Syrup reported their findings that this synthetic sweetener prompts considerably more weight gain. Especially abnormal increases in body fat in the abdomen. This weekend I was in a park where I watched an endless parade of people sipping on high fructose corn syrup juices and sodas. If I had taken snapshots I could have compiled a picture book of evidence supporting this study.

  9. Researchers at the Jonnson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA on Aug 1, 2010 just released the results of an alarming study they conducted that revealed that pancreatic cancers use fructose to fuel their growth. This alarming study points to the dangers of the Western diet that is filled with processed foods that contain High Fructose Corn Syrup.

    Heaney, who also serves as co-director of the Pituitary Tumor and Neuroendocrine Program at UCLA comments, “In this study, we show that cancers can use fructose just as readily as glucose to fuel their growth.”

    The research paper states that cancer cells used the sugar to generate nucleic acid, which are the building blocks of RNA and DNA that the cancer cells need in order to divide and proliferate.

    Heaney also stated, “”I think this paper has a lot of public health implications. Hopefully, at the federal level, there will be some effort to step back on the amount of HFCS in our diets.”

    Rather than wait for the government to do something, which could take years (just like it did with anti-smoking campaigns), the results of this important study needs to reach the masses. HFCS may not be unique to just pancreatic cancer but really cancer in general.

    So next time you pick up a processed food item in the store, take a stand and put it back on the shelf if it contains High Fructose Corn Syrup. We need to write manufactures and ask them to use alternatives that are safe for consumption without creating health implications over time.

    Click to read all the details of this studyfunded by the National Institutes of Health, the Hirschberg Foundation and the Jonsson Cancer Center.

  10. Biomagnetic Therapy

    As if there wasn’t enough reason to avoid corn syrup already, we find out that it can be even more poisonous than previously thought. This is becoming a disturbingly common trend among unhealthy dietary products and chemicals.

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