Tuesday, January 27, 2009

High Fructose Corn Thermometer

It seems American consumers are playing a big game of Sesame Street's "one of these things is not like the other thing."

But instead of a plate with the wrong number of cookies, the thing that doesn't belong is now within the cookie. Like E. Coli in spinach, salmonella in peanut butter or raisins in rice pudding (not a fan), now there's something scary in foods with corn syrup, besides the corn syrup itself. And that's mercury.

The Washington Post reports that "Almost half of tested samples of commercial high-fructose corn syrup contained mercury, which was also found in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products."

Guess the dumbfounded skeptics in recent ads by Big Corn Syrup will now have something to say.

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