The other day an acquaintance asked for my opinion on an article
about mercury contamination in high-fructose corn syrup
(HFCS). Here’s my response—corrections welcome:
My first smart-ass response is “good thing I only drink cane sugar or diet sodas.” ;)
My initial, unreasoned, reactionary response to the article itself is “yay… more sensationalist hyperbole from the Huff.”
First off, let me say that I’m no fan of HFCS. It has a sour aftertaste, contributes more to obesity than other sugars, and only exists due to horribly flawed protectionist tariffs on sugar and corporate subsidies on corn production. In other words, as with bottled water we discussed previously, there are enough legitimate, uncontroversial reasons to dislike HFCS that we don’t need to resort to poorly-supported scare tactics.