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10 Toxic Food Ingredients You Want to Avoid

Health & Wellness  (tags: Food, Diet, Toxic, Adulteration, Health, Eating )

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New research has showed that we may not know nearly as much as we thought about what we eat and that some of our favorite ingredients may be slowly eating us alive.


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Anne F (17)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 10:38 pm
Diacetyl is a compound found most commonly in microwave popcorn. Recent studies have shown that inhalation of this powder like substance can cause severe lung problems.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Monday November 22, 2010, 2:56 am
TY Nancy.

Fiona O (562)
Monday November 22, 2010, 3:33 am
It is very scary in the supermarket. Thanks, Nancy.

Harry Schneider (43)
Monday November 22, 2010, 4:57 am
Thanks, Nancy.

. (0)
Monday November 22, 2010, 5:36 am
When my microwave shorted out, while trying to pop corn I never replaced it. Never cooked in it anyways. I use an ordinary pot, buy the popcorn from the bulk store, save money and get to control the ingredients. Works great!

Autumn Earnhart (0)
Monday November 22, 2010, 9:25 am
thanks nancy

Kath P (9)
Monday November 22, 2010, 9:50 am
The only one on your list of 10 toxic food ingredients which I currently still ingest is caffeine in the form of one large cup a day. Luckily for Canadians BPA has been declared toxic by our Federal Government. Hopefully, in the near future, it will be disappearing from more than just baby bottles:

Richard T (23)
Monday November 22, 2010, 11:28 am
Thanks for the reminder.

Elizabeth P (99)
Monday November 22, 2010, 11:29 am
Great reading, now get it in the schools to educat the young childern.

Justin R (0)
Monday November 22, 2010, 1:43 pm
Thank you for the info.

Monday November 22, 2010, 2:29 pm
There's a great book you can get to keep at home as a reference.....
The Consumer's Guide to Chemical Food Additives by Ruth Winter.....MOST EXCELLENT!

pam w (139)
Monday November 22, 2010, 3:02 pm
I don't think a cup of tea or two will kill me...

Fiona N (10)
Monday November 22, 2010, 3:37 pm
Thanks for the link!

Tom Edgar (56)
Monday November 22, 2010, 3:37 pm
I'm a male in my mid eighties. Can't recall actually consuming "Pop Corn" bit like flavored aerated cardboard with coloring.
Don't eat manufactured breakfast cereals, Bake my own bread and cookies. Make meals daily for my son and myself. Don't use cigarettes nor alcohol. Two cups of coffee daily and an early morning black tea without sugar. Occasionally a cup of green tea, once again no sweeteners.
They forgot to tell you of tea's beneficial contents. Fluoride is one. I have lately taken to Chamomile tea. Nice.
I eat a little red meat prefer fish, Doctor says I will outlast him and he is younger than I. I've already done that with two others who also were younger.

You want to succumb to the advertising and promoted lifestyle that is supposed to represent "Living"?
Your choice, but be assured that the "Living" will not only be shortened but the quality will also be diminished in the fewer final years, especially if you chose less than robust and healthy parents.

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Angela M (1)
Monday November 22, 2010, 5:29 pm
I think that these should be pretty obvious, if the lable sounds like a science experiment you should try to limit your intake

Shirley S (187)
Monday November 22, 2010, 5:33 pm
Fresh is best.

Cynthia H (100)
Monday November 22, 2010, 5:43 pm
I agree with Shirley - fresh is best.

Patricia C (96)
Monday November 22, 2010, 6:44 pm
Thanks Nancy, while I know most of these, I appreciate the article. Like some other commenters, I'm pretty sure caffeine is not that harmful in moderation. But fluoride Tom E? Don't know if you are promoting it or denigrating it, but it is not something I want my animals, myself, or the birds and wildlife to ingest against their will.

resignd Cannot remove (139)
Monday November 22, 2010, 7:01 pm
Thanks, as I learned and reinforced much I have forgotten. We all should strive for as natural ingredients as possible. Even unbleached flour is better for you. Do not buy bleached flour. It seems a large portion of our health problems are based in our diet. We have been advertised to death about prepared foods, and I have fallen for it too now have an empty nest. But better to soak your own beans, and cook them than to buy a frozen dinner. If you do not know what the ingredients are that are listed on the package, my advice is not to eat it.

Zion Raphaella (6)
Monday November 22, 2010, 7:23 pm
thanks Nancy. I love helpful, geeky stuff like this

Joy Wong (100)
Monday November 22, 2010, 10:57 pm
Thanks for the information.

Cindy B (61)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 12:01 am
Interesting about the caffeine. I had gotten away from using it but then kept reading stuff, from very reputable sources, that it was OK after all. For example, I've read that coffee had many bioflavanoids and other healthful substances; but decaf, they say, has next to none of these benefits... So now I drink coffee again. Only one cup a day, but it's a big one!

Re the many items which are considered toxic if you ingest "high levels:" I wonder if this is a "pro-rata" effect, i.e., even a tiny amount would be unhealthy? Or would our bodies effectively dispatch those tiny amounts without problem? I eat very few foods containing the toxins on that list, but I do eat a small amount of aspartame from time to time... Trying to go all-stevia, though.

Kate A (10)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 8:05 am
I think I made popcorn in microwave about 3 times, and never used it again. I donated it and I never bought another.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 8:35 am
Good info, but the caffeine and the corn sugar there has been stories back and forth about pro's and con's in moderation.

Paul Meyer (10)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 10:57 am
Diacetyl is also the chemical that gives butterscotch its flavor. It also occurs in small amounts in some wines and beers.

Marian D (57)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 12:21 pm
Noted, thanks

Ana F (128)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 1:59 pm

Blu AbbeyCat (302)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 5:26 pm
White SUGAR is a BIG problem for me.. If I avoid it I am OK ... if not I get very ill ..and I am ( not a diabetic ) .. White sugar has been making me sick since the sge of 18 .. now I am 68 ... thats 50 years ... so its cronic. So all I ask is ...if you see me eat a big slice of someone's Birthday Cake ... PLEASE knock it out of my hand

Jennifer M (78)
Monday November 29, 2010, 11:33 am
How is this stuff still in our food?? I eat pretty healthy now that I'm vegetarian. I've lost 30 lbs and I feel great! I'm so much healthier than I used to be. Now, when I do eat something super processed, it just doesn't taste good. REAL, fresh food is absolutely delicious. I don't know how I went so long eating crappy food. I sure was missing out!
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