A study published Monday claims that researchers have detected mercury in high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which as well all know, is a nearly ubiquitous additive in processed foods from ketchup to breakfast cereal. Apparently, the source is a caustic soda and hydrochloric acid combination used to convert corn into HFCS–sounds so innocuous, doesn’t it?
Granted, the amounts found were very small, mere “traces,” but considering the vast array of food products containing the stuff, and therefore the vast amount of HFCS ingested by the average American, and you have an interesting idea about mercury levels. Foods that tested positive include Quaker Oatmeal To Go, Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup, Nutri-Grain Strawberry Cereal Bars, Hunt’s Tomato Ketchup, Coca Cola Classic, and Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt. See the list for more. We’ll see how it works out, I suppose.
Read the study here.