Poisoning our “Food” with Unnecessary Chemicals and Fillers: Calcium carbonate, Calcium Propionate, Carboxymethylcellulose, Carrageenan, Casein, Coal Tar Dyes, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Corn syrup, Coumarin, Cyanocobalamin,

Poisoning our “Food”  with Unnecessary Chemicals and Fillers –  Round Three

Round three of the chemical poisoning of our food

Not all plants were meant to be eaten.  Unfortunately in our society, chemists and big “food” companies seem to take the phrase “there is a way around everything a little too literal.  Another thing I have learned through all this research is that just because the label says the product is natural, does not mean it actually is natural.  As I said not all plants were meant to be eaten.  I have found many chemicals that actually start out as natural, and then the genetic composition is changed in some way to make it edible, so to speak.  Unfortunately, it is still not edible!

 Calcium carbonate:  It’s from rocks, primarily limestone around the world.  That’s right people; your calcium comes from ground up stones.

Used or found in:

  • a calcium supplement
  • antacid
  • present in soy milk as a calcium source}

Side effects or Risks:

  • Doesn’t start out in your food, excessive doses can be dangerous.
  • Belching
  • Gas
  • Kidney stones

I remember not too long ago, that it was proven that most of the calcium tablets did not dissolve properly in the stomach.  It actually remained whole.    For my own experiment,   I tried to dissolve a calcium tablet.  I softened up, maybe about half way, but it did not dissolve.  So why are we taking calcium supplements for?

http://gerd.emedtv.com/calcium-carbonate/calcium-carbonate-p2.html

 

Calcium Propionate:  (calcium propanoate), is the calcium salt of propionic acid, which is responsible for breaking down or the rotting of certain amino acids. Propionic acid is a carboxylic acid that is found naturally in sweat, milk products, and bacterial fermentation.

Calcium propionate does not build up in any body tissues; after you eat food with calcium propionate, the body splits the calcium apart from the propionic acid, which is easily absorbed and metabolized like all other fatty acids.

Uses or Found in:

  • A preservative to prevent bacterial growth in bread and other baked goods. It occurs naturally in processed dairy products like butter and some types of cheeses. (Preservative)
  • Sometimes used as a pesticide
  • In canned fruits, batter mixes, and other foods where mold can occur.
  • Found in raw dairy products, such as milk. Additional amounts are added during food processing to keep bacteria from growing.

Side effects or Risks:

  • May be linked to migraine headaches triggered by exposure to foods that contain it due to an individual’s sensitivity to this chemical.
  • May permanently damage your stomach lining by aggravating any gastritis condition you might have and inducing severe ulcers.
  • Although this may not scientifically be linked to migraine headaches there is a site “http://foodreactions.org/” that has an added warning that if you experience any adverse side effects to fermented products, you may also experience the same side effects with calcium propionate.
  •  May have little to no side effects on the average person other than those sensitive to it; however, chronic exposure, appears to induce a variety of behavioral changes, especially on small children.

http://nutrition.about.com/od/changeyourdiet/a/calciumpropionate.htm

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/314019-the-side-effects-of-calcium-propionate/#ixzz2Y5KJG7Jy

http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-calcium-propionate.htm

 

Carboxymethylcellulose: a white, fibrous, grainy, and water-soluble powder derived from cellulose  – semi pure or purified cellulose gums. Cellulose is the carbohydrate that makes up the woody parts and cell walls of plants.  Only the purest form of cellulose gum is considered to be safe for the use in foods and it mixes easily with hot and cold water.

Uses or Found in (Cellulose Gum Uses):

A stabilizer, thickening, and emulsifying agent for various foods:

  • dairy products like ice cream, yogurt, processed cheese products, cottage cheese and milk
  • infant/baby formula
  • beverages and syrups, concentrate juices
  • baked products , frozen doughs
  • pet foods
  • gelatinous desserts, candy
  • salad dressing, icing, toppings, cream cheese spread
  • meat products
  • squashes

Pharmaceutical industry:

  • An appetite suppressor
  • As a bulk laxative in medicine, antacids
  • certain ointments
  • artificial tears stimulating eye drops

Other products:

  • Toothpastes
  • Used in cosmetics
  • Hair products like shampoos, conditioners & hair gels
  • Body lotions, face creams, hand cream, K-Y Jelly
  • Water paints used by artists
  • Used as a coating and sizing for paper, textiles, & ceramic production
  • Oil industry uses it for mud drilling as a viscosity modifier and an instrument to retain water.
  • laundry detergents

Side effects or Risks:

  • Causes cancer in animals
  • Inhalation could cause chemical pneumonitis.
  • Sometimes included in the “dietary fiber” on food labels – however it is not as “healthful” as fiber obtained from real, natural foods.
  • Poorly absorbed by the body and can result in a bad case of gas or leakage with gas.
  • Large amounts can cause diarrhea and abdominal cramps

This product may appear to be harmless; however, it is kind of hard to even fathom the thought of eating something that your body reacts adversely to or absolutely cannot even use.   In my book a powdery substance is not a useful or healthy fiber!

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/carboxymethylcellulose

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carboxymethylcellulose

http://www.foodadditivesworld.com/articles/cellulose-gum.html

http://www.befoodsmart.com/ingredients/carboxymethyl-cellulose.php

 

Carrageenan: Carrageenan is a water-soluble fiber found in certain types of red algae, seaweeds, or Irish moss from the coasts of Ireland, Vietnam, the Philippines, and other Pacific Islands.

There is a chemically altered form of carrageenan that is available in France to treat peptic ulcers. This form may be unsafe because there’s some evidence that it may cause cancer.

Uses or found in:

  • a thickener or stabilizer in products:
  • soy milk, plant milks
  • ice cream
  • whipping cream, salad dressings, sauces
  • cream cheese
  • bakery products
  • cereals
  • snack foods
  • beer
  • toothpaste
  • gummy products
  • shoe polish
  • shaving cream

Side effects or Risks:

  • Decreases blood pressure. <Caution> Taking carrageenan along with medications for high blood pressure might cause your blood pressure to go too low.
  • can decrease how much medication your body absorbs
  • Can decrease the effectiveness of your medication.
  • Interacts with medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs).
  • May slow blood clotting. Taking carrageenan along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.
  • gastrointestinal cancers
  • Colon cancer.
  • Using poducts with carrageenan (particularly the “degraded” kind) regularly, induces carcinogenesis, neoplasia – abnormal growth of cells which may lead to tumors, and intestinal lesions.
  • Induces oedema – excessive fluid in cells of limbs etc., and other inflammatory responses in rats.

The extremely long, never ending list of research results is pretty consistent for this particular chemical.  For the most part this carrageenan may be alright to use; however, caution should be taken if there is a chance that you are inclined to have any of the physical or medical issues above.

Other names for carrageenan:  http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-710-CARRAGEENAN.aspx?activeIngredientId=710&activeIngredientName=CARRAGEENAN

http://blog.healthkismet.com/carrageenan-cancer-health-inflammation

Must read:  http://www.notmilk.com/carageenan.html

Different seaweeds that carrageenan is produced from: kappa carrageenan, lambda carrageenan and iota carrageenan. – http://www.fao.org/docrep/006/y4765e/y4765e09.htm

 

 Casein:  a white, tasteless, odorless protein that is found in milk proteins.  It is part of a group called phosphoproteins which are a collection of proteins bound to something containing phosphoric acid. In European foods it is also called caseinogen.

Normally the body’s digestive system can break down the milk protein in two different stages:  peptides and then further digestion into basic amino acids.  Children usually grow out of the allergy by the age of seven.  Adults can develop symptoms in their thirties or forties.

Uses or found in:

Edible:

  • in many foods as a binding agent
  • Soy cheeses {Nearly all of them are made with cow’s milk proteins, so read the ingredient list.}
  • basis of cheese
  • medicine

Technical

  • nail polish
  • cosmetics
  • used to make plastics
  • adhesives
  • paints

Side effects or Risks:

  • casein allergy symptoms are frequent and often mistaken for lactose-intolerance
  • Allergy symptoms are first evident on the skin.
    •  This results in an itchy rash, which in turn develops into hives or eczema.
    • Some inflammation of facial features.
    • The face, throat and chest may flush.
    • In infants, there is a connection with reflux and milk allergy.
    • Symptoms also affect the digestive tract with abdominal cramping and recurrent diarrhea.
    • The respiratory effects often include asthmatic symptoms like difficulty breathing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
    • chronic runny nose
    • ear infections
    • excessive colic
    • Been linked to negative effects in people with autism.  Evidence suggests that the milk protein does not break down properly in the digestive system.
    • may not ’cause’ cancer, but casein does encourage cancer cells already within the body
    • While in most people, some are autistic, this process does not occur fully. The resulting casomorphins, which fail to break down completely.  For this reason, some experts on autism recommend that people suffering from autism avoid products containing this protein.
    • If a person’s body does not break down the proteins properly because of allergic reactions, intolerances, or a malfunction in the digesting process, the undigested proteins may have an effect on the body similar to that of morphine or other opiates.

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/about_5069974_casein-allergy-symptoms.html#ixzz2Y6G4VmSZ

http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-casein.htm

 

Coal Tar Dyes:  (includes D&C Blue 1, Green 3, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Red 33, etc.) Coal tar dyes are artificial coloring agents made by combining various aromatic hydrocarbons like toluene, xylene, benzene, which are obtained from the distillation of bituminous coal. In other words coal tar dyes are made from petroleum products that contain lead acetate.

Used or found in:

  • bubble bath
  • hair dye
  • dandruff shampoo
  • skin disorder products that treat eczema, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis
  • toothpaste
  • foods
  • over-the-counter and prescription drugs
  • cosmetics
  • deodorants
  • textiles (cloth products)

Side effects or Risks:

  • carcinogenic
  • Evidence of increase hyperactivity, ADHD and learning difficulties in children who ingest artificial food dyes
  • Other studies link these dyes to lung and skin cancers
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • asthma attacks
  • headaches
  • nausea
  • fatigue
  • lack of concentration
  • nervousness
  • increased risk of Hodgkin’s disease
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma.

Also listed under various names:  http://healthychild.org/easy-steps/dont-use-products-made-with-coal-tar-dyes/

http://www.hairfinder.com/info/coaltardyes.htm

 

Cocamidopropyl Betaine:  (CAPB) a sticky, yellow liquid derived from coconut oil and a chemical called dimethylaminopropylamine.   Has a mild antiseptic quality.  A mild detergent that acts as an acid or a base and it is both fat-soluble (sticks to oil and dirt) and water soluble (washes it away).

Used or found in:

  • body products and may be labeled natural or organic
  • bath and personal hygienic products
    • bubble bath
    • hair conditioner

Side effects or Risks:

  • May contain harmful impurities or form toxic breakdown products,
  • Rash, itching, burning and blistering of skin from allergic reactions
    • may be the results of manufacturing byproducts amidoamine and dimethylaminopropylamine
    • burning and itching eye irritation

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/226739-dangers-of-cocamidopropyl-betaine/#ixzz2Y6UQxsZg

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-cocamidopropyl-betaine.htm

http://www.naturalwellbeing.com/learning-center/Cocamidopropyl_Betaine

 

Corn syrup:  the pulpy middle layer called cornstarch is first separated from the outer husk and the inner germ layers. The cornstarch is then stored in giant vats, where natural enzymes are added to break it down into glucose. It is these sugars that are heated and turned into syrup.

Used or found in:

  • candy making
  • general baking purposes
  • Frequently used in infant formula products; although not advisable.

Side effects or Risks:

  • Not a sterile product; therefore, there is a slight possibility that the syrup may contain botulinum spores. These spores are common in the environment and generally not harmful to older children and adults
  • not specifically intended for infant feeding

I do not believe corn syrup itself is harmful because there is minimal processing to obtain the syrup from the corn.  It is the excess processing that is needed to obtain a higher sugar content, such as in high fructose corn syrup that this product becomes harmful, much the same as processing sugar cane which will be included in this list later.

http://www.karosyrup.com/faq.html

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-corn-syrup.htm

http://www.ehow.com/about_5101475_corn-syrup.html

Coumarin:  is benzopyrone, a chemical compound that occurs naturally in some plants and can be synthetically produced. It has a distinctive vanilla scent which is why it is used as a food additive and in perfume. Because of its’ toxicity to the liver and kidneys, it’s restricted as a food additive, although it is safe to eat foods that naturally contain the compound.

Uses or Found in:

  • Naturally found in Tonka beans (Coumarou).  To eliminate the coumarin, the beans need to be soaked in alcohol then fermented.
  • Sweet clover
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • bison grass
  • woodruff
  • apricots
  • used as a vanilla substitute
  • natural pesticide
  • cassia cinnamon
  • used as an aroma enhancer in pipe tobaccos and some alcoholic drinks
  • deodorants
  • shampoos
  • skin fresheners
  • perfumes
  • flavoring in the tobacco industry, particularly for sweet pipe tobacco
  • Was once used as the active ingredient in rat poison

Side effects or Risks:

  • A blood-thinning, anti-fungicidal and anti-tumor chemical. <CAUTION> should not be used with anticoagulants.
  • Carcinogenic
  • moderately toxic to the liver and kidneys
  • banned as additive in tobacco in Germany, restricted in others
  • can be toxic if high doses are used for a long period of time
  • lung-specific carcinogen
  • Banned as a flavoring or food additive for the most part because of the hepatotoxicity (damage or injury to the liver caused by a drug, chemical or other agent) results in rodents.
  • It increases the blood flow in the veins and decreases capillary permeability

http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-coumarin.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coumarin

 

Cyanocobalamin:  A cheap, synthetic chemical made in a laboratory. It is a low-grade, low-quality and slightly toxic (cyanide) form of vitamin B-12 that’s used by all the cheap vitamin manufacturers.  It’s not found in nature and does not occur in living organisms: animals can convert commercially produced cyanocobalamin into active (cofactor) forms of the vitamin

Used or found in:

  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin B Complex
  • treatment of pernicious anemia
  • building up the vitamin in people who have a B12 deficiency

Side effects or Risks

  • The vitamin component is bound to a toxin, poisonous cyanide that your liver must remove from your body.  The body converts to the physiological forms, methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin, leaving behind the cyanide… (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_B12)1
  • Can induce a heartbeat fluctuation or arrhythmia (an irregular heartbeat).
  • May lead to several allergic reactions such as
    •  hives
    • difficult breathing
    • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Less-serious side effects may include headache, nausea, stomach upset, diarrhea, joint pain, itching, or rash.
    • The amount of cyanide is so small that its toxicity is can be considered negligible.  In cases of cyanide poisoning the patient is given hydroxocobalamin, and then the poison is secreted by the kidneys. Used for many years in France and approved by the FDA in Dec 2006, marked under the name Cyanokit.
    • Which is a precursor to cyanocobalamin? The hydroxocobalamin binds with the cyanide ion and forms cyanocobalamin

It took a lot of time just trying to find sites that are informative and easy to read and understand.  I did come across many, I repeat “many” sites that had loads of information, but I could not stay with it because it was beyond the realm of my understanding.  Not all of us are scientist, nor do I wish to become one!!!  There are some very contradictory data.  Therefore; my take on it is that you can check out the sites I have listed and come to your own conclusions.

My take on it is that those who make and sell it are going to give out the data in favor of it.  Then again those who keep digging and find all the research data that is not exactly in favor of it neither is it easy to find are going to give you the results in favor of not using it.  Personally I am in favor of not using it.  Mainly because trying to decipher the information, being the layperson that I am, was a royal pain.  I seriously ended up not wanting to try to read any more in regards to so many sites!

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/138416-cyanocobalamin-side-effects/#ixzz2Y7Ov0UlB

Must read:  http://www.naturalnews.com/032766_cyanocobalamin_vitamin_B-12.html#ixzz2XQOPc6Fd

http://www.rxlist.com/cyanocobalamin-side-effects-drug-center.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyanocobalamin