Diseases caused by food additives, Unhealthy / Toxic Chemicals in Food : General Information, Related Research, Disease Prevention

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Toxic Overload

Toxic build-up / exposure have been linked to serious diseases and developmental disorders, including: 

  • General health problems: Cancer  ... Cardio-vascular diseases ... Immune system diseases ... Hormonal imbalances
  • Childhood & reproductive health problems: ADHD, hyperactivity, learning disability, autism. May cause reproductive damage.
  • Neurological disorders / brain disease: 25% of the chemicals in the environment are neurotoxins linked to increased incidence of brain disease.  Other related symptoms: memory lapses, "brain fog"
  • Obesity: "
  • Other: headaches, anemia, nasal congestion and mucus, skin rashes, dark circles under eyes and brown blotches on the face


The very best you can do for your health and longevity is to minimize exposure to toxins in your home AND your diet. These are factors you have control over.

Typical foods found in: Chemical's Names: Potential Health Effects?
Meat products

Chemicals found in Meat Products:

    • Hormonal growth promotants – used to enhance meat production (growth) in livestock - linked to cancers
    • The use of antibiotics in animals - linked to antibiotic resistance in humans
    • Click here to find out more about what is in the meat you eat and how it impacts you.
Food, water, even lipsticks Heavy metals Severe anemia, permanent brain damage, Alzheimer's Diseasedementia, neurological disorders, reproductive problems, diminished intelligence, impaired immune system, behavioral disorders, as well as death. Click here for more info.
Flavor enhancer of tomatoes, aged cheese and mushrooms. Found in a seaweed sauce. Added to frozen and canned foods to cover any unpleasant tastes. Glutamic acid, most commonly found in the form monosodium glutamate (MSG)

If there is a high level of glutamates in the bloodstream, glutamate can enter the brain and cause the neurons to misfire, causing physical and psychological problems, and in extreme cases, permanent damage.

There is evidence that behavioral problems in children previously thought to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or emotional problems might be caused at least in part by the glutamates in their diet. There have been numerous cases of children thought to be "problem" children undergoing a remarkable change when MSG is eliminated from their diet.

Cola and non cola soft drinks, flavored mineral waters, fruit juice, fruit drinks

Benzene (Preservative) Click here for information.

Deserts, bakery goods, beverages

Artificial & Questionable "Natural" Sweeteners Linked to cancers, hyperactivity / ADHD / learning disability - Click here for info

Decaffeinated Coffee

methylene chloride - a solvent that is used to remove caffeine from coffee. This process leaves this chemical in the coffee.

Proven carcinogenic that is toxic to lungs, the nervous system, liver, mucous membranes, central nervous system (CNS). Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage.

Sodas, sweets, jams, cereals, snack foods, canned fish, packaged soups

Tartrazine aka FD&C Yellow No:5; CI Acid Yellow23, CI Food Yellow 4. Coal tar dye. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon.

artificial color - Banned in Norway, Austria and Finland. Restricted use in Sweden and Germany.

Cancer probability. Known to provoke asthma attacks (though not recognized by the US FDA) and urticaria (nettle rash) in children (the US FDA estimates 1:10 000). May cause altered states of perception and behavior, uncontrolled hyper agitation and confusion; wakefulness in young children. Is also known to inhibit zinc metabolism and interfere with digestive enzymes.

Soft drinks

Yellow 2G, Acid yellow 17, CI Food yellow 5, Coal tar dye

artificial color - Banned in Australia (1992), Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and USA.

May cause asthma, rashes and hyperactivity

Cereals, bakery, sweets, snack foods, ice cream / lollies, drinks and canned fish, orange squash, jelly, jam, cakes, soups, desert mixes, yoghurt, sauces

Sunset Yellow FCF, Orange Yellow S, FD&C Yellow No:6, CI Food yellow 3

artificial color - * Banned in Finland, Norway and the UK.

Can provoke allergic reactions such as abdominal pain, hyperactivity, hives, nasal congestion, bronchoconstriction, kidney tumours, chromosomal damage, and distaste for food. It produces urticaria, swelling of the blood vessels, gastric upset. Potentially dangerous to asthmatics

Sweets, cakes, biscuits, drinks, condiments, medications

FD&C Red No:40

artificial orange-red color

Has been connected with cancer.
Milk deserts, sweets, biscuits, ice creams, baked goods, confectionary

Indigotine, Indigo carmine, FD&C Blue No:2, synthetic coal tar dye.

artificial color - Banned in Norway.

May cause nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, skin rashes, breathing problems, brain tumors and other allergic reactions.
Dairy products, sweets and drinks

Brilliant blue FCF, FD&C Blue Dye No:1, CI Acid blue 9, CI Food blue 2, CI Pigment blue 24

artificial color - Banned in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Norway Switzerland, Sweden.

Can cause hyperactivity, skin rashes, bronchoconstriction (combined with 127 and 132), chromosomal damage.
Sulphured dried fruit, fruit drinks, wine, meat, and as a processing aid to control physical properties of flour Sulphur dioxide (SO2) - a preservative used in gaseous form or as salts (sulfites); also prevents enzymic and non-enzymic browning. This additive is unsafe or very poorly tested

Protects vitamin C, but destroys vitamin B1. Small amounts may cause asthma and anaphylactic shock. Dangerous for asthma, allergy sufferers,

Has resulted in deaths. Banned on fresh fruits and vegetables." The main danger of sulphur dioxide as someone mentioned earlier is for those who are sensitive or allergic to sulfites.

Sugar-coated flour confectionery, silver coated tablets. Aluminum

There is evidence that aluminum accumulation in body cells could be toxic and linked to Parkinson-type diseases, or that skeletal deformations could occur. Suspect of being a neuron-toxic hazard and been linked to osteoporosis.


The Problem with Plastic:


AnchorArtificial Sweeteners


AnchorFood Coloring

Colors. Both synthetic colors and colors derived from natural pigments may be added to foods to improve appearance. Most processed foods contain color additives. For example, margarine would not be yellow without color additives. Color additives may be used to offset color loss resulting from exposure to air, light, moisture, temperature extremes and storage conditions. They also may be used to correct natural variations in color, enhance naturally occurring colors and provide color to foods (e.g., foods that naturally lack an appealing color).


Some artificial food colors are made from petroleum with added antifreeze to hold the color ...

The source of many artificial food colors that go into our food are coal tar and petrochemicals. The human body was not designed to eat petrochemicals and the risk the consumption of these ingredients pose to our health is obvious.

So why are we putting petrochemicals in our foods?

The food companies are doing so to make the foods they sell more attractive to the consumers. The health effects on consumers appear to be of little consideration. Several artificial colors have been banned and pulled off the market over the last several decades because it was ultimately found to cause cancer. The safety of those still allowed on the market is questionable to say the least; and eventually many of them will be outlawed when the myriad health problems they cause are made public.

Things you can do to protect your family:

Make better decisions at the grocery store by reading ingredient labels.

Look for artificial food coloring ingredients like Yellow #2, Red #5 or Blue Lake #40, and then avoid them.

  • Cheap, low-grade products in the grocery store tend to use these artificial colors.
  • You will also find that the same snack chips, processed foods, boxed dinner meals, and junk food made by the biggest food companies also contain refined white flour, MSG and hydrogenated oils.
  • Watch out for artificial colors in fruit drinks and candy. There are loads of artificial colors in candy, which makes for a very bad combination -- especially for children.
  • Your orange flavoured drink has tricalcium phosphate, cellulose gum, and the color tartrazine which is already banned in some countries.
  • Another repeat offender in this category is "sport drinks," which are loaded with petrochemical artificial colors that have no purpose other than to make the beverage visually appealing to consumer.
  • The confectionery industry relies heavily on artificial colors to make its foods -- like cake and icing -- look appealing as well. Icing is usually made of hydrogenated soybean oil, which is a nerve toxin, combined with refined sugars, which are dietary poisons that cause diabetes. The petrochemical-based artificial colors are used to top it off.
  • Read the ingredients on blueberry bagels at your local grocery store next time, and you'll find that there are really no blueberries but plenty of artificial blue and green colors to create the impression of little blueberry bits.

Instead, you look for natural food coloring ingredients.

There are products colored with beet juice, a much healthier way to color food; annatto, a very healthy plant source; or turmeric, a fantastic herb with anticancer, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.


Natural food color is not always "good."

Would you believe they actually make al food color from squashed insects ...

Carmine (IPA: /ˈkɑrmaɪn, -mɪn, -miːn/), also called Crimson Lake, Cochineal, Natural Red 4, C.I. 75470 or E120, is a pigment of a bright red color obtained from the carminic acid produced by some scale insects, such as the cochineal and the Polish cochineal, and is used for a particularly deep red color.

Carmine is used as a food dye in many different products, such as juice, ice cream, yogurt, and candies, eyeshadow, lipstick, etc. Although principally a red dye, it is found in many foods that are shades of red, pink, and purple. As a food dye it has been known to cause severe allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock in some people.

Food products containing carmine-based food dye may prove to be a concern for people who are allergic to carmine, or people who choose not consume any or certain animals, such as vegetarians, vegans, and followers of religions with dietary law (e.g. kashrut in Judaism and halaal in Islam).



AnchorBenzene Exposure:

Sources of Benzene:

Benzene can be formed in beverages that contain both ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and sodium benzoate (a preservative). The reaction between the ascorbic acid and sodium benzoate in beverages can create benzene. Beverages most likely to have benzene formation and included:

  • cola and non cola soft drinks
  • flavored mineral waters
  • fruit juice
  • fruit drinks


Associated Health Problems:

Eating or drinking foods containing high levels of benzene can cause vomiting, irritation of the stomach, dizziness, sleepiness, convulsions, rapid heart rate, and death.

Cancer: Long-term exposure to high levels of benzene in the air can cause leukemia, particularly acute myelogenous leukemia, often referred to as AML. This is a cancer of the bloodforming organs. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has determined that benzene is a known carcinogen. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the EPA have determined that benzene is carcinogenic to humans.

The major effect of benzene from long-term exposure is on the blood. Benzene causes harmful effects on the bone marrow and can cause a decrease in red blood cells leading to anemia. It can also cause excessive bleeding and can affect the immune system, increasing the chance for infection.

Some women who breathed high levels of benzene for many months had irregular menstrual periods and a decrease in the size of their ovaries, but we do not know for certain that benzene caused the effects. It is not known whether benzene will affect fertility in men.

How can benzene affect children?

Children can be affected by benzene exposure in the same ways as adults. It is not known if children are more susceptible to benzene poisoning than adults.

Benzene can pass from the mother’s blood to a fetus. Animal studies have shown low birth weights, delayed bone formation, and bone marrow damage when pregnant animals breathed benzene.

Testing for benzene exposure ...

There is a test for measuring benzene in the breath; this test must be done shortly after exposure. Benzene can also be measured in the blood; however, since benzene disappears rapidly from the blood, this test is only useful for recent exposures.

In the body, benzene is converted to products called metabolites. Certain metabolites can be measured in the urine. The metabolite S-phenylmercapturic acid in urine is a sensitive indicator of benzene exposure. However, this test must be done shortly after exposure and is not a reliable indicator of how much benzene you have been exposed to, since the metabolites may be present in urine from other sources.

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