Friday, January 17, 2014

Dangerous Ingredients in our everyday foods.

#10 Acesulfame Potassium (Acesulfame-K)  also known as Acesulfame K or Ace K is 180-200 times sweeter than table sugar. Health conscious people may think, that it is good news, but processed sweeteners can hamper the metabolism of the body. The human body cannot metabolize these calorie free drinks. During the manufacture of acesulfame potassium, methylene chloride is used as a solvent, which otherwise is used in other commercial applications like paint stripper, degreaser and propellant gas. Exposure to this chemical compound over a prolonged period of time can result in: Headaches, Liver complications, Mental confusion, Cancerous developments, Visual impairment and Renal diseases.

#9 Glyphosphate
What is that you ask? It's an herbicide that kills weeds. Why is it important to know because it is very harmful for us to be around and ingest. How do we ingest it? The plant soak up the herbicide and we eat that plant. Yummy. It can cause diarrhea shortness of breath vomiting and weakness.

#8 Aspartame
NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful and Equal-Measure.
Ahhh good ole aspartame. The same chemical that's virtually in everything and is very hard not to eat. Aspartame, an artificial sweetener that is used as a substitute for sugar in many foods and beverages, is considered by some scientists to be a neurotoxin, a substance that is detrimental to the nervous system. Do you need to know anything else? Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious, including seizures and death.

#7 Carrageenan
In manufacturing, carrageenan is used as a binder, thickening agent, and as a stabilizer in medications, foods, and toothpaste. Carrageenan is also an ingredient in weight loss products. Sounds good right? Well it can cause gastrointestinal inflammation, lesions, and even colon cancer in animals. Individuals with Inflammatory Bowel Disease or other gastrointestinal disorders are cautioned to avoid this ingredient as it can make symptoms – and inflammation – even worse.

#6 Ammonium Sulfate
Ammonium sulfate is a fertilizer that’s sometimes used in making homemade explosives. It is used in flame retardant materials. It even activated yeast for your yummy bread to rise. It also is in our vaccines like DTap. So this chemical is a all in one, super chemical. Yippee

#5 Paraben
We've all heard of this. This is another item that's everywhere and hard to avoid. They are used as preservatives.  Parabens can be found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, deodorant..etc..they are also used as food additives in processed meats such as sausages. Paraben's can mimic the hormone estrogen, which is known to play a role in the development of breast cancers. Do I really have to say more. I think not.

#4 Castoreum
What in the world is this? It is a bitter strong-smelling creamy orange-brown substance that consists of the dried perineal glands of the beaver and their secretion and is used especially by perfumers —called also castor.  Seconds anyone?

#3 Butylated HydroxyAnisole (BHA)
Who doesn't love chips, rice, snacks and cereal? But do you love carcinogen's and cancer? Didn't think so. BHA is generally used to keep fats from becoming rancid. It is used to preserve food odor, color, and flavor. So in order to have your favorite things you have to be prepared to be exposed to BHA.

#2 Titanium Dioxide
This is a component of the element titanium and is used to make foods appear whiter. You have trace elements of a metallic element in your salad dressing, coffee creamer, cupcake and ice cream. Even though they will only rarely make someone sick, it's still nasty to think about.

Last but certainly not least....
#1 Maggots and Mites
The FDA provides an allowance for 19 maggots and 74 mites in a single 3.5 oz. can of mushrooms. Keep that in mind next time you pop open a can to add to your pizza.
open can of sliced mushrooms

I hope you will consider all that you are eating willingly and unwillingly. This list is just the tip of the iceberg. Thanks for reading..Happy Eating.

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