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High Fructose Corn Syrup and Mercury! 
Jan. 28, 2009 3:21 pm 
Updated: Jan. 30, 2009 2:59 pm
So the FDA this morning announced that they have found mercury in High Fructose Corn Syrup.  One of the agents has said for years that they have been finding levels of mercury in the stuff.  If you saw my post yesterday you know it has been years since I have purchased food with HFCS.  This news also got me thinking.

Is there a connection with the high rates of Autism in this country and processed foods with HFCS?!  Mercury is used as a perservative in innoculations.  This is what every one is blamming for their kids getting autism.  What if the introduction to processed foods combined with the innoculations increases the mercury enough in our childrens small bodies that it triggers autism?  It is also strange that the rate of Autism has increased in the last 10-20 years.  I know that there were not a lot of processed food in the 60 and 70's (at least not in my house)  A little food for thought this evening.
Jan. 28, 2009 5:20 pm
I really have to agree with you about the HFCS and hdorgenated oils. We have eliminated them but it can sometimes be challenging to find things like hamburger buns. I've also decided that the increase in the use of HFCS in the last 20 years has led to the fattening of kids and adults. Now mercury too? I just hope they dont find any bad stuff in wine next.
Jan. 28, 2009 5:42 pm
ConnorsMom- I have resorted to making my own hamburger buns and it is not that difficult- my 14 year old daughter even makes them when I am out of town. I use one from this site. I will buy them at Trader Joes- Mortons brand I think...no HFCS or Hydrogenated oils. I will double check the name on those if you want.
Jan. 29, 2009 2:22 pm
I have tried a couple different ones from TJ and they are good but seemed small. It is also a bit of a drive to the nearest TJ so I only get there every 2 or three weeks. A recipe I could make would be great! What recipe do you use? Do I need a bread machine?
Jan. 29, 2009 5:49 pm
Yet another reason to hate WALMART. 60% of any processed food on their shelves contains HFC.
Jan. 30, 2009 12:50 am
I would agree with you sweetjam, its not a coincidence that allergies and autism are on the increase in today's "Processed" society!!
Jan. 30, 2009 8:14 am
I was wondering what source you got this info from. I have searched everywhere, including the FDA website, and could not find anything on this anywhere. (although, I did come across a few things that were scarier than mercury in corn syrup on the FDA's site...yikes)www.fda.gov
Jan. 30, 2009 1:43 pm
Ahh...just getting back on after a really busy week. Hospital Foodie- I wont step foot in a Walmart mostly because I don't believe in their hiring practices and domination of the market place..all that for another day. zora- I heard it on the news on Monday morning? Lots of people were talking about it. May not be on there web site because the FDA person who has found it over the last several years says the FDA has ignored it. I heard it on satellite radio.
Jan. 30, 2009 2:59 pm
Oh my gosh, are you for real??? that is awful, autism? I have just Very recently tried to start cutting this stuff out of our diets. I wish i would have done it earlier. I have four children, I have four year old twins that already have learning disabilities, now I gotta kinda wonder if I have poisoned them somehow!! Yikes. Not good news. Let me know if anybody hears anything else about this please.
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I love to cook and have often thought I should have gone to culinary school. My biggest cooking influence is my mother she is really a good cook, but I look up to my brother who has never used a recipe in his life....he cooks by taste; a little of this and that and it is always amazing. I cook almost every night for my family. My true passion is entertaining. I secretly want to be Martha Stewart...he he!!
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I like good soup and hearty meals. I also love to come across a good apetizer recipe. I recently purchased a bread machine and have really enjoyed using it. I'm not baking so much now that my daughter is doing a lot of it around here.
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Baklava every Christmas. It looks like you spent all day in the kitchen, but it is a snap! My dad made stuffing every holiday. It is still the best I have ever tasted with apples and raisons. YUMMY!
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I will try anything, once! I made that italian dish they always talk about on Everybody Loves Raymond. It was time consuming, but interesting to make. I always say if you can follow a recipe you can be a good cook. Teaching my daughter the love of cooking and baking. When I'm out of town she actually gets a hot meal on the table and can even make home made bread. I'm so proud of her. She will be making all the pies for Thanksgiving dinner this year.
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The biggest one is a recipe for brussel sprouts that you steamed than cooked in a jelly of some sort. I didn't think I was steaming them long enough. They were raw! Very dissapointing side dish to a Thanksgiving meal!
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