Two studies released this week, one of them conducted by the Minneapolis nonprofit Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, have exposed a high occurrence of the toxic metal mercury in high fructose corn syrup.
And here we thought corn syrup was already bad.
IATP reports that mercury was detected in about one-third of the samples they submitted. Another study, published Monday in the journal Environmental Health, reports finding even more: Mercury was present in nearly 50 percent of the products they tested.
Of the 55 name-brand products IATP submitted, winter warmer Quaker Oatmeal on the Go was found to contain the greatest amount of the metal. Also on the list: Hershey's chocolate syrup, Pop-Tarts, Nutri-Grain bars and good old Coca Cola.
What makes the news even worse, according to IATP, is that the contamination is completely avoidable, as technology permits the syrup to be made without the use of mercury-containing products.
The full list of products as well as links to the two reports are available on the IATP website.