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So all this time, the mercury wasn't in the kids' shots, it was in HFCS?

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Be damned. Evidence that high fructose corn syrup, which was a ubiquitous part of the modern American diet starting about the time New Coke came out, has contained mercury all these years. Not the inert kind in old fillings, either. Might've figured into Colony Collapse Disorder, too. Looks like this not-natural ingredient's been more dangerous than we knew.

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Submitted by lambert on

I guess the bees are at the top of their food chain, just like us.

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Submitted by Zolodoco on

"The bad news is that nobody knows whether or not their soda or snack food contains HFCS made from ingredients like caustic soda contaminated with mercury. The good news is that mercury-free HFCS ingredients exist. Food companies just need a good push to only use those ingredients."

They need a good push to use glucose sweeteners or no sweeteners at all. HFCS is fairly toxic at the levels people consume through processed foods. Besides other toxic substances, the high levels of fructose are linked to obesity and type 2 diabetes. That alone is reason enough to avoid it.

This story is another example of why the processed food industry doesn't deserve chances to redeem itself. The only way to safeguard your health is to eat and cook with unprocessed whole foods.