In a new study, Clinical Epigenetics discuss how the rise in autism in the United States may be linked to the increased consumption of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in our diet. The average American consumes over 60 pounds of HFCS per year- mostly in the form of sodas and processed food. HFCS has been shown to contain trace levels of mercury as a result of manufacturing. It also interferes with how our body eliminates toxins by altering our nutrient status. The authors explain that HFSC contribute to zinc, calcium and phosphorous loss, and a copper gain, which then interferes with how the body metabolizes toxic chemicals, like mercury and pesticides. HFCS, mineral loss and the subsequent increase in exposure to mercury and pesticides change how our genes are expressed. This change seems to carry over from one generation to the next, affecting both neurodevelopment and autism prevalence.