With recent speculation that high-fructose corn syrup might be carrying scary amounts of mercury along with it, below are three tips to help you steer clear of the sweet stuff.
• Keep HFCS away from you if you’re pregnant or older– and away from your kids, too
Although the toxic ingredient is in way too much food already, you must be increasingly-mindful to check food labels and cut out HFCS whenever possible. Regardless of the truth behind potential mercury-contaminated HFCS, avoiding the sweet stuff helps you steer clear of unhealthy, useless calories. “I would recommend that pregnant women abstain from foods containing HFCS until we know more,” says former Food and Drug Administration investigator Renee Dufault. “Sensitive populations—newborns, pregnant women, elderly people, babies who are breast-feeding, children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and, possibly, healthy children— are at risk of adverse effects from long-term, chronic exposure to total mercury in food.”
Mercury can hinder a child’s brain from normal development, adversely impacting both learning ability and IQ. The elderly are also more susceptible to HFCS’s effects, but the majority of healthy adults will probably be OK with the amount of mercury potentially in HCFS foods, Dufault continues.
• Contact food makers
Food makers need you more than you need them, in many cases. Write, e-mail, or call makers of your favorite processed foods and push them to look into mercury contamination in their foods.
• Get ready for a sugary shocker
If it’s sweetened by HFCS or simple cane sugar, your sugary processed food should be cut from your diet– even if it causes cravings until your body properly adjusts to the change. Satisfy your cravings with unprocessed sweet stuff– like fresh fruit, for example– and start the day with a full breakfast to avoid the otherwise-inevitable early-afternoon sugar crash.
Always remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.
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