Do You Eat Food With Any Of These
9 Cancer-Causing Chemicals?
by Christine H.
Do you read the ingredients on the label of every
you put in your grocery cart? Or do you just read what’s
out at you on the package? If you’re not reading the
in the tiny print, you’re probably eating additives that are
dangerous to your health, chemicals that cause cancer. You see, the FDA
allows manufacturers to add small amounts of cancer-causing substances
to the food you eat. So, not only are many of our foods not healthy,
Here are some cancer-causing chemicals
you’re going to want to watch out for and keep out of the
food you eat:
Acesulfame-K, also known as Acesulfame-potassium
is an artificial sweetener. It has not been adequately tested for human
consumption. The FDA approved this additive even though the tests done
to determine it’s safety did not meet the FDA standards and
caused cancer in lab animals, which increases the probability that it
will also cause cancer in humans.
Artificial colors, or FD&C
mostly are derived from coal tar, which is a carcinogen. Over the
years, many FD&C colors have been banned because of their
effects. And it is likely that more will be banned in the future. Some
of the worst FD&C colors include: Green #3, Blue #1, Blue #2
Yellow #6 which cause allergic reactions and cancer in lab animals. Red
#3 is a carcinogen, which may interfere with nerve transmission in the
brain and causes genetic damage. It is banned in cosmetics, but allowed
in food, and it’s especially harmful to children. Yellow #5
causes allergic reactions in those sensitive to aspirin. It may be life
threatening. Citrus red #2 is a known carcinogen. Its only allowed use
is to color orange skins. So, If you use orange zest in some of your
recipes, you may be ingesting carcinogens. Any color with
“lake” after it means that aluminum has been added
color to make it insoluble.
BHA & BHT are widely
used as preservatives,
stabilizers and antioxidants. BHA is known to cause cancer in humans.
Both BHA and BHT are toxic to the liver and kidneys. BHT may react with
other ingested substances to cause the formation of carcinogens. BHT is
banned in England.
Potassium bromate is used to
treat flour to give
bread and baked goods a sponge-like quality. It is probably not used in
California because it might require a cancer warning on the label.
Outside of California, “unbromated” breads do not
potassium bromate. It is also used in toothpaste, mouth washes and
gargles. It is a carcinogen, mutagen and highly toxic. It is banned
worldwide, except in the U.S. and Japan .
Carrageenan is a seaweed
derivative used in a
wide variety of foods and cosmetics. In its native form, it has not
been classified as a carcinogen, but in it’s degraded or
down form it has been classified as a possible human carcinogen by the
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Joanne Tobacman,
M.D., University of Iowa assistant professor of clinical internal
medicine, and researcher on carrageenan, said "There seems to be enough
evidence associating carrageenan with significant gastrointestinal
lesions, including malignancies, to avoid ingesting it." According to
Dr. Tobacman, the native carrageenan, after being subjected to stomach
acids may be broken down into the degraded form and be a cancer risk.
And even if it wasn’t, carrageenan cannot be identified as
or degraded on food labels, so there is no way of knowing if you are
ingesting carrageenan, the carcinogen or not.
Nitrates and nitrites are found
processed meats. They combine with stomach acids and chemicals in foods
to form nitrosamines, which are powerful carcinogens.
Olestra has not been shown to
However, it robs the body of carotenoids, which are known to have a
protective effect against cancer. Studies have shown a 40-50% drop in
blood carotenoids after consuming only 3-8 grams of olestra in a day,
equivalent to 6-16 chips. It also may causes severe gastrointestinal
cramping and diarrhea, which may last for extended periods of time.
Propyl gallate is used as an
antioxidant in fats,
oils, candy and a variety of processed foods. It is a suspected
carcinogen and is known to cause kidney, liver and gastrointestinal
problems. It can cause allergic reactions in those with asthma and
sensitivity to aspirin. It has not been adequately tested.
Saccharin, or Sweet
‘N Low, is an
artificial sweetener that is known to cause cancer. Because of pressure
from the food industry, in 2000, saccharin was removed from the list of
cancer-causing chemicals, in spite of the fact that studies still show
that it causes cancer in lab animals.
So, how do you know which additives are really
safe to eat? Dr. Christine Farlow, in her handy pocket-sized book, FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper's Guide To What's
Safe & What's Not,
now in its 2004 revised edition, makes it easy to identify which
additives are harmful and which are not. She classifies 800 commonly
used food additives according to safety, whether they may cause
allergic reactions and if they are Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS)
by the FDA. In just seconds, the average person can find out if an
additive in the food they're buying is harmful to their health. It's
clear, concise and easy to use. Make this book your constant grocery
shopping companion and you'll never again wonder about the safety of
the ingredients listed on the package. You'll know.
Dr. Christine H.
Farlow, D.C. is a
chiropractor, nutritionist and author. She has helped thousands improve
their health through nutrition. For more information on food additives
and healthy eating, visit http://www.healthyeatingadvisor.com
or contact Dr. Farlow.
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