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How much is too much mercury?

  • January 26, 2009 - 11:27 PM

 

5.5 micrograms: The amount per day that the EPA suggests an average-size woman should limit her exposure to mercury.

30 TO 3,000 times: How much more mercury is found in fish and seafood than the 300 parts per trillion found in Jack Daniel's Barbecue Sauce.

0: The established safe dose for elemental mercury, the type discovered in high fructose corn syrup.

12 teaspoons: the daily amount of high-fructose corn syrup the average American consumes, according to federal estimates. However, teenagers and young children are estimated to take in 80 percent more than that.

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