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How Many Poisons Will You Eat Today? [Infographic]

How Many Poisons Will You Eat Today? [Infographic]

There are so many substances that can poison us, we invented a scary looking symbol to call them out. Each of us was taught to avoid the “skull and crossbones” from a young age. When we see this symbol, we know the substance within is detrimental to our health. But what about poisons that don’t come with a label?

For decades, the commercial food industry has tinkered around with artificial flavors, strange dyes, and fake sweeteners, all with the goal of making “food” that’s cheap and non-perishable. These food additives infiltrated our food system without warning, and suddently, a mile-long list of unpronounceable ingredients became the norm instead of the exception.

We assume that products sold in the grocery store have all be deemed safe for human consumption, but that’s hardly the case.

Analysis conducted by JAMA Internal Medicine found that “all of the 451 notifications voluntarily submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during that time were made by people who had relationships with manufacturers of food additives, which include salt, trans fats and artificial flavors and sweeteners.”

“Manufacturers get to decide whether food additives are safe or not,” writes Marion Nestle in an editorial on the JAMA study. “Manufacturers get to decide whether to bother to tell the FDA the additives are in the food supply. And if they do volunteer to inform the FDA (and many do), manufacturers get to decide who sits on the panels that review the evidence for safety.”

And we’re not just talking about fake vanilla flavoring or Nutrisweet, here.

“Most of the foods on our shelves also contain chemicals and additives that are known to harm either the human body or laboratory animals. If they harm animals, they can harm you too,” reports MPH Programs.

So I’ll ask again: How many poisons will you eat today? Scroll through the infographic to learn about some of the more common food additives, and the foods in which they lurk.

Poison Food

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.


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9:10PM PDT on Jul 13, 2014

It takes less # of sodas/soft drinks than beers to kill someone according to this article. Please note! Read your labels and ingredients on anything/everything. Keep a food intake/symptoms noted food diary for a few weeks. Make your body an exciting laboratory experiment.

4:37AM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

Being a Caregiver to my partner who has MS has certainly made me very aware of chemicals. We eat whole foods all the way and chemicals have been banned from our home.

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12:41PM PDT on Jun 26, 2014

Suffering from lupus and now fibromyalgia, I've long wondered if my diet could have caused these illnesses...of course, diet often MANAGES symptoms, so there is definite correlation. Scary, all of it.

10:32AM PDT on Jun 25, 2014

Thanks for sharing......No GMO Foods!

5:00PM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

Thanks for sharing

4:59PM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

Thanks for sharing

9:15AM PDT on Jun 24, 2014


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