Time for some REAL talk.
You and I both know that no matter what the packaging says processed foods aren’t good for our health. But there’s a BIG difference between being unhealthy and being deadly.
And the truth is Big Food… with the blessing of the Food and Drug Administration… could be turning your dinner into a killer.
Because as outrageous as it sounds food manufacturers have been quietly dumping toxic, cancer-linked chemicals into our food supply for years.
The kicker? This practice has been fully FDA approved.
And despite red flags, glaring warning signs, and protesting by consumer groups they’ve refused to budge… until now.
It took a mountain of damning studies and a boatload of evidence of potential harm. But the FDA has FINALLY admitted that six common flavor additives are associated with cancer.
- Ethyl acrylate
- Eugenyl methyl ether (methyl eugenol)
- Pulegone and
They now say the food additives need to be removed from our food supply. But as usual, the FDA is letting deep-pocketed Big Food call the shots. Food manufacturers have TWO long years to kick these cancer-causing killers out of their products.
MORE cancer-linked food additives putting you at risk
But when those two years are up, you still can’t rest easy. Because these six creepy chemicals are far from the only ones putting you and your family at risk. And we certainly can’t count on the FDA to keep us safe.
Following are five more cancer-linked food additives you should do your best to avoid.
1. Nitrites and nitrates:
If you’re eating lunch meats, hot dogs, or sausages chances are you’re swallowing more than your fair share of nitrites and nitrates. These food additives are used to preserve and to add color to cured meats.
On the international stage, nitrites and nitrates are recognized as hazardous to human health. The World Health Organization has labeled them “probable human carcinogens.”
In other words, there’s a good chance they could cause cancer in people. And research has revealed a link between nitrites and nitrates and stomach, esophageal, brain, and thyroid cancers.
2. Potassium bromate:
Do you ever eat any packaged baked goods from the grocery store? No matter whether it’s bread, cake, cookies, or pie you could be swallowing potassium bromate with each bite.
Food manufacturers dump potassium bromate into the flour used in premade baked goods. And this is despite the fact the International Agency for Research on Cancer has already declared it a potential carcinogen.
But that’s not the only harm this food additive could cause to your health. Research shows potassium bromate could be toxic to the kidneys and can cause DNA damage.
3. Propyl paraben:
Packaged baked goods can be a double whammy of bad news. The food additive propyl paraben is hidden in everything from tortillas to muffins. And in one study, a shocking 91 percent of Americans tested had it in their systems.
Propyl paraben is a hormone mimic. Your body has a tough time telling it apart from the real thing. It acts like low-dose estrogen, which means it can hit the fast-forward button on the development and spread of breast cancer.
But this creepy chemical doesn’t just stick to ruining baked goods. It can spread to other products when the foods are processed. Which is why testing revealed it’s also in some drinks, dairy foods, and even vegetables.
4. & 5. Polysorbate-80 and Carboxymethylcellulose:
P-80 and CMC are emulsifiers. Food manufacturers add them to creamy foods such as salad dressing and ice cream to keep them from separating.
The fact is it’s impossible to avoid food additives completely. But you CAN significantly reduce your exposure. Just cut back on the processed foods in your diet.
Buy fresh, organic, whole foods to fix at home instead. They’re healthier to begin with. Far less likely to be contaminated with food additives. And besides, they’ll just taste better too.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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