• Mon, Jan 23 2012

These Preservatives Are Trying To Kill You

Even if you know next to nothing about eating healthy, you probably know one thing for sure: that preservatives and additives found in many packaged and pre-made foods are bad for you. But even though I know a few things about what constitutes a healthy diet, if I’m being honest with myself, when I’m staring down the barrel of a loaded food label, I’m not always sure what even is a preservative. With so much coded language (and so many gross additives), it’s hard to tell what’s harmless–and what’s carcinogenic.

Rarely does the label on the back of your potential purchase say, out-right, that is contains dangerous, under-studied, over-subsidized fillers and additives. Instead, amid the normal-looking ingredients, there lurk food dyes, plasticizers, stabilizers, and emulsifiers, which keep food, shipped from thousands of miles away, looking and tasting as if it was just bottled or boxed. And while a lot of these ingredients have technically been deemed “safe” by the FDA (though not, it turns out, by the food safety commissions of other nations, like Australia and England) the fact is that when it comes to GMOS, artificial sweeteners, and the aforementioned preservatives, we’re currently part of what’s basically the largest food safety study of all time. Many of these ingredients were only introduced in the last 30-50 years, and haven’t had quite enough time to prove their danger.

So which preservatives have been found to cause cancer? Digestive issues? Hormonal imbalances? And what products tend to contain them? Flip through this gallery to see which preservatives are some of the worst–and which household food items are most likely to harbor potentially disease-causing additives. Then, it’s up to you to decide for yourself if it’s something you really need.

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  • Birgitta

    I learned the hard way, by ending up in the ER and hospital because I couldn’t breathe. Turns out that a bread that I was eating called Healthy Life Bread (what a name, huh?) turned out not to be very healthy. In 2010 it contained Sugar cane FIBERS, which is also called bagasse and is a WASTE product. Turns out that there is a mold that grows on these sugar cane fibers and when it is heated such as baking it sends out spores. The bread company has taken out the sugar cane fibers and the FDA is investigating. Since that experience I am much more aware and I’m trying to eat as much natural food as possible.

  • Janey

    It is not right that the FDA allows these food additives into our food source. We know that if they were eliminated, there would be less disease, AND less need to put every one on ‘OBAMA Care’.

    • Don

      YOu got that right Janey! And do you think that those high paid government slimeballs at the FDA aren’t profiting from rolling over and giving a pass to all these corrupt food companies? How do they sleep at night?

  • john whistler

    I asked the fda why they let propyl glycol in so many products, ecspecially childrens products,because they will have a life time of them , about ten years ago,and the person working there had the same concern but because you can’t prove what is taken in thru absortion. You can’t determine the effects

  • john whistler

    Why did the rest of the world stop putting floride in the water, was it proven inefective to take on tooth decay, taken internaly, or that its cacenogenic, idk. Sounds like a good idea.. Can’t do it some is making too much money

  • Christine

    We need to keep publishing this type of information so people will quit eating processed foods. If people stop buying them, they’ll stop making them.

    • Birgitta

      Yes!!! How can we make people even more aware???? I am still so angry that I almost died from eating a bread sold in the local grocery store. (see my post below)