There is really no denying that the foods we eat on a regular basis play a significant role in our health. In the U.S., toxic ingredients are used in the majority of foods that fill our supermarket shelves. These ingredients are cause for serious alarm. We are just beginning to learn the consequences these foods have on our health. The fact is, chronic disease is on the rise and many of these toxic ingredients are likely to blame. Check the list and make sure you are not unknowingly causing damage to your body. You will also see that these harmful substances have been BANNED all over the world, yet sadly, they are prevalent within the U.S food industry.
Brominated Vegetable Oil:
Makes food dye stick to liquid, also used as a flame-retardant. Found in: Sports drinks and citrus-flavored sodas. Why it’s dangerous: Bromine is a chemical used to stop CARPETS FROM CATCHING ON FIRE, so you can see why drinking it may not be the best idea. BVO is linked to major organ system damage, birth defects, growth problems, schizophrenia, and hearing loss. Where it’s banned: In over 100 countries. Why are there concerns about BVO? In high amounts drunk over a long period of time, BVO can build up in the body and cause toxic effects. In 1997, doctors were stumped by the case of a man who came to the emergency room with headaches, fatigue, and a loss of muscle coordination and memory. He continued to get worse over time, and eventually he lost the ability to walk. A blood test found sky-high levels of bromide. The source? The man had been drinking between 2 and 4 liters of soda containing brominated vegetable oil every day. He needed dialysis but eventually recovered. In 2003, doctors treated a man who developed swollen hands with oozing sores. They diagnosed a rare case of the skin condition bromoderma after blood tests revealed his bromine was about twice normal limits. The man admitted drinking about 8 liters of Ruby Red Squirt, which contains BVO, each day. Scientists are studying brominated flame retardants because blood tests show that these chemicals can build up in our bodies. Early studies suggest that flame-retardant chemicals disrupt normal hormone function, leading to problems with brain development in children, fertility, thyroid function, and possibly cancer.
used in the food industry as a flour bleaching agent, among other things. Found in: Breads, frozen dinners, boxed pasta mixes, and packaged baked goods. Why it’s dangerous: Used to bleach both flour and certain types of PLASTIC (specifically yoga mats and the soles of sneakers), azodicarbonamide has been known to induce asthma. Where it’s banned: Australia, the U.K., and most European countries.
BHA & BHT:
A waxy preservative which prevents oxidative rancidity of fats. It is used to preserve food odor, color, and flavor. Found in: Most kids cereals, nut mixes, gum, butter, meat, dehydrated potatoes. Why it’s dangerous: Used to keep food from becoming rancid, butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are known to cause cancer in rats. Where it’s banned: England, Japan, and many other European countries. Some of the known Acute Potential Health Effects: Skin: Causes mild to moderate skin irritation. Eyes: Causes moderate eye irritation. Lungs: May cause respiratory tract (nose, throat) irritation. Ingestion: May be harmful if swallowed. May cause gastritis, vomiting, hypermotility, diarrhea. May affect behavior/central nervous system (dizziness, weakness, somnolence, slurred speech, ataxia, visual and auditory hallucinations, headache, confusion, temporary loss of consciousness). Respiration (respiratory depression), blood (reduced ability to clot) Chronic Potential Health Effects: Ingestion: Prolonged or repeated ingestion may affect the liver, kidneys, thyroid, adrenal gland, behavior/central nervous system and learning ability, blood (reduced ability to clot), and may cause weight loss. Ingestion or skin contact may also cause allergic reaction (dermatitis, asthma).
Synthetic growth hormones rBGH and rBST:
Used to increase the production of milk by dairy cows. Found in: Milk and dairy products. Why it’s dangerous: Growth hormones are bad for cows and people, causing infertility, weakened muscle growth, and a whole array of cancers. Where it’s banned: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, and Europe. Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) is a synthetic (man-made) hormone that is marketed to dairy farmers to increase milk production in cows. It has been used in the United States since it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993, but its use is not permitted in the European Union, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Bottom line, do what you can to eliminate these harmful substances from your diet. By sticking to wholesome REAL foods, you will not only feel better, but reduce your risk of disease down the road.