More on Mercury in High-Fructose Corn Syrup

From the July/August 2009 issue of MotherJones:

“In 2004, Renee Dufault, an environmental health researcher at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), stumbled upon an obscure Environmental Protection Agency report on chemical plants’ mercury emissions. Some chemical companies, she learned, make lye by pumping salt through large vats of mercury. Since lye is a key ingredient in making HFCS (it’s used to separate corn starch from the kernel), Dufault wondered if mercury might be getting into the ubiquitous sweetener that makes up 1 out of every 10 calories Americans eat.

Dufault sent HFCS samples from three manufacturers that used lye to labs at the University of California-Davis and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The labs found mercury in most of the samples. In September 2005, Dufault presented her findings to the FDA’s center for food safety. She was surprised by what happened next. “I was instructed not to do any more investigation,” she recalls. FDA spokeswoman Stephanie Kwisnek says that the agency decided against further investigation because it wasn’t convinced “that there was any evidence of a risk.”

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The High Fructose Corn Syrup – Autism Connection, Is there one?

Grist’s post examining the link between high-fructose corn syrup and autism caused quite a rumpus.  So much so that Grist’s executive editor posted a follow-up semi-apologetic correction and a more detailed article examining both article and review.  It’s easy to jump into the middle of a rumpus without all the facts, so here are the rumpus-causing articles, in order:

A macroepigenetic approach to identify factors responsible for the autism epidemic in the United States

Paper asks: Does high-fructose corn syrup contribute to a rise in autism?

Why that corn-syrup-and-autism study leaves such a sour taste

Thoughts?

Rising Sugar Levels In Our Breakfast Foods

Cereal Offenders

Despite the barrage of health warnings on the dangers of sugar, new breakfast products – such as drinks and biscuits – contain more of the white stuff than ever.

A report last month from Action on Sugar showed that one in five cereals now contains more sugar than three years ago, and some are 18% sweeter.  While claiming to be healthy, cereals are becoming more and more sugary!

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Coke is a Healthy Snack?

Truth in advertising?  In the Yahoo Finance news – the many ways CocaCola is trying to spin itself into a healthy snack!

The world’s biggest beverage maker, which struggles with declining soda consumption in the U.S., is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its cola as a healthy treat. In February, for instance, several wrote online pieces for American Heart Month, with each including a mini-can of Coke or small soda as a snack idea.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/coke-healthy-snack-company-gets-070143180.html

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