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Chemicals hidden in popular foods
July 25, 2013, 11:22 am

The giant food corporations have one mission: selling more food and beverage products to consumers. Succeeding with that mission depends on keeping consumers in the dark on certain issues such as the presence of cancer-causing chemicals found in popular food products. Here are some of the things that food corporations, whose products dominate grocery store shelves, absolutely do not want you to know.

The ingredients listed on the label aren't the only things in the food: Cancer-causing chemicals such as acrylamides may be formed in the food during high-heat processing, yet there is no requirement to list them on the label. Residues of solvents, pesticides and other chemicals may also be present, but also do not have to be listed.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG): When added to thousands of food and grocery products through a dozen different innocent-sounding ingredients, it imbalances the endocrine system function, disabling normal appetite regulation and causing consumers to keep eating more food. This chemical not only contributes to obesity, it also helps food companies boost repeat business.

MSG is routinely hidden in foods through these ingredients: Yeast extract, torula yeast, hydrolyzed vegetable protein and autolyzed yeast. Thousands of common grocery products contain one or more of these chemical taste enhancers, including nearly all foods made vegetarian such as veggie burgers. ADHD in children has been attributed to the consumption of processed food ingredients such as artificial colors and refined carbohydrates.

Chemical sweeteners: Aspartame, when exposed to warm temperatures for only a few hours, begins to break down into chemicals like formaldehyde and formic acid. Formaldehyde is a potent nerve toxin and causes damage to the eyes, brain and entire nervous system. Aspartame has been strongly linked to migraines, seizures, blurred vision and many other nervous system problems.

Food dips: Most food dips like guacamole dip are made with hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and monosodium glutamate. Many guacamole dips do not even contain avocados.

Plastic food packaging is a potent health hazard: Scientists now know that plastics routinely seep the chemical Bisphenol A into the food, where it is eaten by consumers. Cooking in plastic containers multiplies the level of exposure. Bisphenol is a hormone disruptor and can cause breast formation in men and severe hormonal imbalances in women. It may also encourage hormone-related cancers such as prostate cancer and breast cancer. Food manufacturers actually "buy" shelf space and position at grocery stores; this is why the most profitable foods and hence, the ones with the lowest quality ingredients are the most visible on aisle end caps, checkout lanes and eye-level shelves throughout the store. The effect of all this is to provide in-store marketing and visibility to the very foods and beverages that promote obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and other degenerative conditions now ravaging consumers around the world. 

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