There Are Now 3000 Chemicals Added To Food
Nitrates and nitrites – Used to color, preserve, and flavor processed meats like bacon, hot dogs, and salami; a “probable” carcinogen according to the World Health Organization.
Potassium Bromate – Found in bread and other baked goods; linked to various cancers; not allowed in food in Canada, the United Kingdom, or the European Union.
Propylparaben – Used in baked goods; believed to be an endocrine disruptor; also may be carcinogenic.
Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) – Used as a preservative in cereal and other foods; caused cancer in animal tests.
Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) – Similar to the above; listed by California as a carcinogen.
Propyl gallate – Used in food with animal fats, like lard and sausage; may be carcinogenic.
Theobromine – In chocolate, bread and sports drinks; in animal testing had possible effects on reproduction and development.
Flavorings, natural or artificial – Even when these say “natural,” they may be extracted using other chemicals that aren’t listed. Any time you see words like “flavors” or “spices,” it’s cause for concern.
Artificial colorings – Have been associated with everything from cancer to hyperactivity in children.
Diacetyl – Flavoring, like the “butter” taste in microwave popcorn, hazardous for workers in factories where it’s used.
Phosphates – In thousands of foods; linked to cardiovascular disease risk.
Aluminum additives – Such as sodium aluminum phosphate and sodium aluminum sulfate; used as stabilizers; linked to neurotoxicity.