My wife, Anne, is allergic to high fructose corn syrup. This is good, because it means we never buy food with that junk in it.
Interestingly, Anne can eat corn on the cob and popcorn without problem. My theory? She was allergic to the enzymes used to ma ke the stuff.
Perhaps, though, Anne might be allergic to some of the other things found in high fructose corn syrup. Check out this list from Grist:
- Caustic soda
- Hydrochloric acid
- Ilter aid
- Powdered carbon
- Calcium chloride
- Magnesium sulfate
Caustic soda? Hydrochloric acid?
Perhaps food makers are using organic caustic soda? It would seem not. In fact, the caustic soda – and corn syrup – contain something even worse. From Tom Philpott of Grist:
Now comes news that makes even an HFCS cynic like me do a spit-take over my home-brewed morning coffee. Turns out that HFCS is commonly tainted with mercury – a highly toxic substance – according to a peer-reviewed report published by Environmental Health.
Eh? Mercury? I thought that stuff was in thermometers, vaccines and fish.
Check out the products found to contain mercury, according to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy: