New ad campaign says this sweetener’s safe — it’s not

February 03, 2009
Volume 06    |   Issue 5

There’s a new ad campaign on TV that’s more than misleading. It’s downright dangerous. In it, one actor chides another for eating something made with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

His friend asks, “What’s wrong with it?” When the first actor can’t come up with any reasons, his friend goes on to say that it’s a safe sweetener when used in moderation. This isn’t true.

HFCS contains both fructose and glucose. The more fructose a product has, the faster your body metabolizes it. Fruit contains fiber, which slows down this metabolism. But HFCS gets into the bloodstream faster, robs the body of nutrients, and can lead to numerous conditions, including fatty liver disease and heart disease.

But that’s not the only reason why it’s dangerous. Researchers recently found out that many foods made with HFCS contain mercury. Mercury is a known poison. And there’s no safe amount. Even small amounts of mercury are toxic.

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Researchers from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy tested 55 popular brand-name foods and beverages. Each of the products had HFCS as its first or second ingredient. Nearly one-third of them contained mercury.

You’d think the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would be protecting us against toxic contaminants in foods. Unfortunately, it doesn’t. The FDA knew four years ago that commercial HFCS contained mercury. But the FDA did nothing to inform us of its dangers or insist on industry changes.

You can find HFCS in breakfast bars, cereals, breads, soft drinks, lunch meats, yogurts, soups, and condiments. And there’s no way to know if these products contain mercury. So this is an excellent reason to stop eating them immediately.

If you think you may have been exposed to mercury from processed foods or any other source, it’s easy to protect yourself. You can use the safe oral chelation product PectaSol Chelation Complex (PCC) to remove it. Many scientific studies prove that PCC effectively binds to heavy metals and removes them. For more information on PCC, call 800-728-2288 or follow this link.

Your voice of reason in Women's Health,


Wallinga D, MD, et al, “Not so sweet: missing mercury and high fructose corn syrup”, Environmental Health, January 26, 2009.

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