The blog-o-sphere has erupted with this news! High fructose corn syrup, a sweetener found in just about every processed food around, has been shown to contain MERCURY. You know mercury, the known brain toxin and has been implicated in the autism spectrum of disorders, birth defects, mental retardation, oh the list goes on and on. Recent tests showed that 9 out of 20 products containing HFCS were contaminated with trace amounts of mercury. Whats worse the FDA knew about this but DID NOTHING to warn consumers. Not only that but those stupid commercials lately are saying that HFCS is just as safe as sugar!
Some links for more info (or another bloggers spin):
http://www.healthobservatory.org/library.cfm?refid=105026 (thanks Aunt Eileen)
So the good news, not all manufacturers use the 'mercury-grade' component when making HFCS, so just because a product has HFCS doesn't mean it has mercury. If you have a favorite product or beverage of concern call the company and ask. Better yet, ditch the HFCS wherever possible (this is harder than you think, it took me 30 mins the other day to find bread that was both 100% whole wheat and had no HFCS.) Sean and I started to go HFCS-free in 2006 after I read SuperFoods Rx, (I've also read that it contributes to premature aging, that had me kicking the habit right-quick) but I do 'treat myself' occasionally.
Knowing that I very likely exposed Colin to mercury in the womb is upsetting... This just re-affirms my need to 'go green' for him. I just got back from one of the five stores I grocery shop at now in my quest to find organic produce for his baby food. All I found today was apples and sweet potatoes. I was hoping for yellow squash and zucchini since I had seen them there last time but he wasn't yet 'old enough' for them. I miss Wegmans.