Chemicals used in the production of our food
Over 12,000 chemicals are used in the production of our food. Many are used intentionally as “direct” additives, but some are “indirect” contaminants or used accidentally. As of 1995, complete health risk assessments were available for only 5 percent of food additives.
The food industry uses about 3,000 different food additives in various packaged and preserved foods. These include (preservatives), emulsifiers, buffers, natural and artificial colorings and flavorings.
And then there are the genetically modified foods, which are now turning up all over the show. Here is a great guide on how to avoid foods made with genetically modified foods.
Chemicals we create in processing foods
Trans fats or hydrogenated fats would be the most common.
Contaminants associated with processing of foods
During shipping and storage, chemical cleaners, food sprays and fungicides are used.
Chemicals absorbed into our food from the way we cook, store and serve our food
Non stick pans, pots, bake-ware and utensils contain Teflon, which is made from perfluorinated compounds which have been linked to cancer and reproductive problems. And then we store and serve our food in containers that leech chemicals into our food, eg plastics and styrofoam.
And please remember this is only a list of chemicals in our food, not our water and personal care products, which are also full of chemicals.