Poisoning our “Food” with Unnecessary Chemical Preservatives and Fillers: Elastin, Emulsifiers, Ethylacrylate, FD&C Red #40, FD&C yellow #5 and 6, Fluoride, Formaldehyde, Fragrances,Synthetic Fragrances, Fructose,high fructose corn syrup

Still working on this one; however, here is most of what I have collected and written.  List of chemical names where ever listed are there so that you will know all the names any particular chemical may be listed under!

Poisoning our “Food” with Unnecessary Chemical Preservatives and Fillers – Round Five

Round five of the chemical poisoning of our food!

Elastin: the protein harvested primarily from cows or birds and supposedly should promote better skin elasticity.      Obviously in today’s society there is a play on rebuilding, re-hydrating  and just plain restoring a person’s skin elasticity and reconstituting the skins natural collagen.  I really hate to be the bearer of bad news; however, all these creams and lotions, including the anti-aging ones only appear to re-hydrate your skin for a short time, it does not rebuild or reconstitute the elasticity or collagen.  That has to be done from within the body.

Used for or Found in:

  • facial creams
  • Body lotions.

Side effects or Risks:

  • The protein may expose users to mad cow disease and avian flu.
  • does little to reconstitute skin elasticity
  • Suffocates skin by not allowing moisture in or out.

Emulsifiers:  derived from the natural products or chemicals.  They are any ingredient used to bind together any substance that would not normally mix well, such as oil and water. The lecithin in egg yolks is a natural emulsifier and is used to thicken and bind ingredients in sauces and baked products.  Some emulsifiers are also used to keep food products from going stale.  

Common emulsifiers

  • Honey
  • Mustard
  • Lecithins
    • Egg Yolk (lecithin)
    • Soy lecithin –
    • Xanthan gum
    • mono- and di-glycerides of fatty acids esters of monoglycerides of fatty acids and phosphated monoglycerides
      • Acetylated Monoglyceride (AMG)
      • Lactylated Monoglyceride (LMG)
        • CSL Calcium Stearoyl Di Laciate
        • PolyGlycerol Ester (PGE)
        • Sorbitan Ester (SOE)
        • PG Ester (PGME)
        • Sugar Ester (SE)

Used for or Found in:

  • salad dressings, creams, and sauces
  • dairy
  • baked goods – breads and cakes
  • bubble gum
  • margarine
  • chocolate
  • reduced-fat or low-calorie products
  • Soft Drinks
  • Toffees
  • Frozen Desserts
  • Caramels
  • Infant formula
  • Health supplements
  • Cereal
  • Pasta
  • Soy milk
  • Processed meats
  • night & sun protection creams
  • body lotions, day creams

Side effects or Risks:

  • Soy  lecithin may be from GMO(genetically modified) soy plants
  • may be a decrease in pancreatic function
  • produces a hormone that may be damaging to fertility or reproduction
  • estrogen mimicking compound in soy
  • may be an increased risk of breast cancer
  • may decrease or alter the natural production of estrogen
  • May affect immature brain cells leading to impeded brain development.

Ethyl acrylate: an organic, strong pungent smelling, clear liquid compound primarily used in the preparation of different types of polymers to produce plastics.

Used for or Found in:

  • Mascaras
  • Hair care
  • Skin Care
  • Cosmetics
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • manufacturing industries

Side effects or Risks:

  • Not to be ingested; causes abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Harmful if inhaled, causes shortness of breath, coughing, and/or sore throat
  • May cause a skin allergy, redness of skin, and pain
  • Causes Irritation and redness to the eyes and pain
  • Prolonged contact can cause severe irritations and burns to the skin and eyes.
  • Prolonged exposure may cause liver and kidney damage
  • Suspected as a cause of cancer in humans, based on studies of human populations or laboratory animals.
  • Highly flammable and reactive liquid; Fire and explosion hazard
  • Suspected to cause birth defects

Just because something says it is organic does not mean that it is or that it is meant to be used on or in the human body.  This product is actually banned in EU cosmetics; therefore, not one minute particle of this product can be included in any part of the composition of cosmetic products

FD&C Red #40:  Artificial food colors are primarily made from highly processed petroleum based chemical which also may be contaminated with aluminum.  It looks like a dark red powder that usually comes as a sodium salt; however, it may also be used as both calcium and potassium salts, all of which dissolve well in water.   Used to replace the use of amaranth which is a natural plant; however, this also may not be good because it is claimed that this plant is also carcinogenic.

Other names:

  • Allura Red AC (a red azo dye used to replace the use of amaranth)
    • Allura Red
    • C.I. 16035
    • Food Red 17
    • FD&C Red 40
    • 2-naphthalenesulfonic acid
    • 6-hydroxy-5-((2-methoxy-5-methyl-4-sulfophenyl)azo)-
    • disodium salt
    • disodium 6-hydroxy-5-((2-methoxy-5-methyl-4-sulfophenyl)azo)-2-naphthalenesulfonate
    • FD&C Red. No. 40 – Calcium Lake
    • FD&C Red. No. 40 – Aluminum Lake
    • Carmoisine (E122)
    • Ponceau 4R (E124)

Used for or found in:

  • red, orange, yellow, brown, “golden” colored foods
  • most processed foods
  • candies, gum
  • juice, soda, beverages
  • cereal
  • yogurt
  • many “kid friendly” snack foods
  • many medications to make them look more appealing
  • gelatin desserts
  • baked goods
  •  ice cream

Side effects or Risks:

  • Linked to behavioral disorders in children.
  • Known to cause hyperactivity in children
  • May cause allergic reaction in sensitive individuals
  • chemicals used in the processing of this food dye may cause cancer
  • Developmental, reproductive issues have been found in animal studies
  • organ toxicity has been found in animal studies
  • Sensitivity may occur in anyone sensitive to aspirin
  • One British study found it increased hyperactivity and decreased IQ!

The European Union requires special warning labels on any foods containing any of 6 different artificial food coloring due to the adverse effects that it has on children.

FD&C yellow #5 and 6:  A synthetic coal tar and azo yellow dyes manufactured from the hydrocarbons of petroleum.

Tartrazine is a water soluble artificial lemon yellow azo dye known as FD&C Yellow #5 primarily used as a food coloring.

Sunset Yellow is an artificial orange to a yellow hue dye known as FD&C Yellow #6 that may be combined with other artificial colors or chemical such as:  FD&C Yellow #5, Brilliant Blue FCF (FD&C Blue 1, E133) or Green S (E142) to produce various green shades and Sodium benzoate which is a preservative.

FD&C Yellow #5 and #6 requires documentation whenever it is included in the ingredients of any food item in Norway, Austria, Germany, and the US; however, it is being phased out for the discontinuation of usage in the United Kingdom.

Other names or labeled as:

  • Color (colour)
  • Quinoline Yellow
  • Tartrazine
  • E102
  • E110 – In Europe
  • CI 19140
  • C.I. 15985
  • FD&C Yellow 5
  • Yellow 6
  • FD&C Yellow NO. 6
  • Sunset Yellow (banned in Norway and Finland)
  • Yellow NO. 5
  • Aizen Food Yellow NO. 5
  • 1351 Yellow
  • 1899 Yellow
  • Acid Yellow Tra
  • Alabaster NO. 3
  • Atul Sunset Yellow FCF
  • Sunset Yellow FCF
  • Orange Yellow S

Found in or Used for:


  • Soda, energy and sports drinks
  • Powdered drink mixes, hot chocolate mix , trifle mix
  • fruit cordials
  • salad dressing, dips, sauces
  • cheeses, margarine
  • fast foods
  • Prepared dried and frozen entrees and sides
  • flavored/mixed alcoholic beverages
  • baked goods – cake, biscuits, cookies, muffins, bread, pie crusts, cake mixes, pastries, biscuits, fortune cookies
  • dessert mixes
  • frosting, instant pudding, gelatin, custard powder, lemon curd
  • ice cream, yogurt, ice pops, and popsicles
  • sausages, meats, prepared chicken nuggets, caviar
  • candy, gum, confections, cotton candy, marshmallow treats, marzipan
  • instant waffles
  • Flavored chips, popcorn (both microwave and cinema-popped)
  • crackers
  • jams and jellies, marmalade
  • mustard, horseradish
  • fruit cordial, wine, beer
  • Pickles and anything containing pickles (tartar sauce, etc.)
  • processed sauces and powdered marinades
  • cereals
  • instant or “cube” soups, soaps
  • rice, pasta, noodle dinners, macaroni and cheese mix
  • pureed fruit, squash
  • pet foods
  • convenience foods together with glycerin
  • lemon and honey products
  • fed to chickens to make the yolks of their eggs appear more yellow and nutritious
  • breadcrumbs
  • bottled yellow and green food coloring
  • Anything with artificial yellow, orange or red colors.

Bath, body and health care products

  • Liquid and bar soaps
  • green hand sanitizer
  • moisturizers and lotions, and tanning lotions
  • mouth washes, toothpastes
  • perfumes
  • shampoos, conditioners and other hair products
  • Body Wash & Cleansers
  • Cosmetics, Eye shadow, blush, face powder and foundation, lipstick, etc.
  • Nail polish, nail polish remover
  • Fragrance For Women, Fragrance For Men
  • Temporary tattoos.
  • Vitamins
  • Antacids
  • Over the counter (otc) Cold and pain medications (including cough drops and throat lozenges)
  • lotions
  • medicinal capsules, prescription drugs (used to a yellow, orange or green color to the medicinal liquid, capsule, pill, lotion, or gel so they can easily identify the medication)
  • pharmaceutical pills and prescription medicines, otc medicines (especially children’s medicines)

Household items

  • cleaning products
  • paper plates
  • crayons
  • inks for writing instruments
  • stamp dyes
  • face paints
  • envelope glues

Risks or side effects

  • Known to cause
    • allergic reactions, hives, runny nose
    • anxiety
    • migraines headache
    • clinical depression
    • blurred vision
    • itching
    • general weakness
    • gastric upset
    • thyroid cancer
    • hot flashes, mood swings
    • feeling of suffocation, asthma
    • purple spots on your skin
    • sleep disturbance
    • adrenal gland and kidney tumors
    • hyperactivity in young children(mimicking ADD)
    • lupus
  • Contains small amounts of many carcinogens.
  • Dyes are allowed to contain harmful contaminants like lead, mercury, arsenic, and benzidine (a carcinogen).
  • tumors in animals
  • causes you to lose zinc through your urine and saliva
  • causes throat cancer
  • Plus, they’re now also finding proof of its estrogenic effects on the body (this means it’s making you fat, sterile, more susceptible to different types of cancers, girls are maturing faster and boys slower).

I have noticed that not everything actually finds its way to the ingredient list.  Unfortunately, me like many other people find out the hard way that there are ingredients that you are not even supposed to be eating included in a product but not listed, because what you just ate has made you sick.  This alone should be reason enough to not eat processed; you may be totally oblivious to what you are actually eating.

Even though medications are supposed to have a list of all ingredients on the medication data sheets, that does not mean you will actually understand what in God’s name the “ingredient” actually is.  Thus the reasoning for me doing all this research and noting it in plain English except for maybe some of the “Other names” for the chemical.  At least this way when you see some of these names or scientific jargon you will able to pick up what it is.

This may also explain why my stomach objects to regular eggs and the organic eggs give me absolutely no problem at all.

Fluoride:  A substance processed from fluorine.  Supposedly fluoride prevents dental cavities and strengthens tooth enamel; however, what I have found is that this is a pretty dangerous way to supposedly strength tooth enamel.

What is fluorine?

It is a nonmetal that belongs to a group of chemical elements known as halogens and the most reactive and electronegative of all elements.  In its pure form it is a poisonous gas and pale yellow in color.

It is extremely dangerous causing:

  • Severe chemical burns on contact with skin.

Useful for:

  • the manufacture of pharmaceuticals
  • agrochemicals
  • lubricants
  • textiles
  • plasma etching in the manufacture of semiconductors and other products
  • Hydrofluoric acid is used to etch glass
  • Low concentrations of fluoride ions in toothpaste and drinking water can help prevent dental cavities
  • higher concentrations of fluoride are used in some insecticides
  • Many important general anesthetics are derivatives of fluorohydrocarbons. The isotope 18F is a source of positrons for medical imaging by the technique called PET (positron emission tomography), and
  • uranium hexafluoride is used to separate uranium isotopes and produce enriched uranium for nuclear power plants.

So what are halogens?

Most halogens are produced from minerals of salts and consist of five chemically related elements, fluorine (F), chlorine (Cl), bromine (Br), iodine (I), and astatine (At)  – all are toxic.

Used for or found in:

  • Toothpastes
  • Drinking water
  • Dental rinses

Risks or Side Effects:

  • fluoride allergy include
    • skin rashes
    • mouth lesions
    • headache
    • weakness
    • joint pain
    • gastric distress
    • fatigue
    • vision problems
  • Other reactions
    • IQ reduction in children
    • Depression
    • weight gain
    • heart disease
    • affects normal endocrine function which may contribute to
      • hypothyroidism or reduced activity of the thyroid gland
        • may lead to fatigue
        • depression
        • weight gain
        • hair loss
        • muscle pains
        • Heart disease.
  • Both fluorine and fluoride salts are toxic
  • Contact with the skin or eyes should be strictly avoided.
    • Contact with exposed skin produces
      • Hydrofluoric acid, which rapidly migrates through the skin and flesh and reacts with calcium in the bones, permanently damaging the bones.
  • Excess accumulation of fluoride can lead to
    • Fluorosis, which is from the damage and discoloration of tooth enamel. This effect occurs more in areas that have drinking water that contain high concentrations of fluoride.
  • May contain lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic. Accumulates in body and contributes to bone disease. Carcinogenic.

All this seemed to be extremely confusing at first.  All I saw in everything I read were dangerous chemicals, but no real explanation of any of them so I hope I was able to explain this in a somewhat understandable version!

Formaldehydeis a colorless toxic, gas with a strong, suffocating odor; usually derived from methyl alcohol by oxidation.

Natural forming formaldehyde

  • Most living organisms produce small amounts as part of normal metabolic processes. naturally in the human body
  • Made of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen.
  • Produced in our atmosphere because of the reaction of sunlight and oxygen on atmospheric methane and other hydrocarbons; therefore, it becomes part of smog.

Used for or found in: Because of the low cost of this chemical it is very popular and used for many products and purposes.

  • many nail care products
  • baby shampoo
  • bubble bath
  • deodorants
  • perfume
  • cologne
  • hair dye
  • mouthwash
  • toothpaste
  • hair spray
  • nail polish
  • tobacco smoke
  • forest fires
  • automobile exhaust
  • burning fuels or household waste
  • plywood, particle board, other pressed wood products, and fiberboard (furniture, cabinets, wall paneling, shelves, and counter tops)
  • glues and adhesives
  • certain insulation materials
  • dyes
  • textiles – permanent-press fabrics
  • plastics
  • paper products coatings
  • fertilizer
  • cosmetics (banned for use in cosmetics in Sweden and Japan)
  • May be in some foods as a preservative (illegally even in their country) from Indonesia, Vietnam, and China (i.e. Meats, noodle, etc.)
  • manufacturing melamine and phenolic resins
  • embalming fluids
  • in water based solution as a preservative in funeral homes and medical labs and industrial disinfectant
  • in the manufacture of various resins and plastics

Risks or Side Effects:

Fortunately, for most people with limited exposure, irritation from formaldehyde is temporary and reversible

  • Formaldehyde’s toxicity.
    • watery eyes
    • burning sensations of the eyes, nose, and throat
    • coughing
    • wheezing
    • nausea
    • skin irritation, rash
  • Skin injury
    • lesions on the skin in the areas due to direct contact with the substance (from clothing)
    • dermatitis on the face (cosmetics)
  • Headache
  • Neurotoxin
  • Fatal if swallowed, absorbed through skin, or inhaled.
  • Can cause spasms
  • Can cause edema
  • Can cause chemical pneumonitis
  • Extremely destructive to tissue of the mucous membrane
  • Known to cause cancers in humans and experimental animals; increased nasal cancers in rats and mice with high levels of inhalation over an extended period of time.
  • Ingestion causes
    • Vomiting
    • abdominal pain
    • dizziness
    • diarrhea
    • reaction similar to alcohol intoxication
    • extreme cases —  death;
  • Burnt esophagus and stomach when formaldehyde is swallowed
  • Acute destruction of red blood cells occurs through dialysis using machines cleaned with formaldehyde
  • Hypotension
  • Arrhythmia
  • Irregular breathing
  • Restlessness
  • Unconsciousness
  • Coma
  • childhood asthma
  • contributes to reproductive problems in women, spontaneous abortion, abnormal menstrual cycles
  • anatomists, embalmers, lab technicians, some health care professionals, and funeral home employees – because of their potentially high exposure rate – are at a higher risk of leukemia, brain cancer, lymphoma, myeloid leukemia, and maybe responsible for cancer of the nanasopharynx (the tissue attachment where the nasal passage meets the very top part of the throat) and lung cancer.

Fragrances (Synthetic):  approximately 95% of the chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are processed from petroleum and include forms of benzene.  The synthetic forms are used in the attempt to cut costs and create a stronger, longer lasting scent.  There are absolutely no requirements by the FDA for fragrance manufacturers to disclose or list the ingredients used in their fragrances because their formulas are considered “proprietary”.  Unfortunately, their fragrances consists of known carcinogenic ingredients but are protected under the FDA’s “trade secret” law.

The same government that is by the people and for the people is the same government that is permitting manufacturers to hurt its own people.  Good one!!!  Some of your favorite scents may consist of hundreds of chemicals that are potentially killing you!

Some known carcinogenic ingredients

  • Methylene chloride – also called dichloromethane, is a volatile, colorless liquid with a chloroform-like odor. Inhalation and skin exposure is the most common forms of exposure.  Products with this chemical in many countries must carry labels warning of its health risks.  Banned in the European Union.

Used in/for:

  • paint stripping, paint remover manufacturing
  • pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • metal cleaning and degreasing
  • to decaffeinate coffee and tea
  • as to prepare extracts of hops and other flavorings
  • aerosol spray propellant and as a blowing agent for polyurethane foams
  • welding adhesives for plastics (seal the casing of electric meters)
  • component of plastic
  • garment printing industry for removal of heat-sealed garment transfers
  • bubble lights and jukebox displays

Risks or side effects

  • cancer of the lungs, liver, and pancreas in laboratory animals
  • may cause Fetal toxicity in women who are exposed to it during pregnancy
  • linked to cancer in people
  • adverse effects on major organs:  the heart, central nervous system and liver, skin or eye irritation
  • metabolized by the body to carbon monoxide – leading to carbon monoxide poisoning
  • optic nerve damage and hepatitis

Aldehydes – an organic compound containing a carbon atom connected to an oxygen atom by a double bond and to a hydrogen atom, which yields acids when oxidized and yields alcohols when reduced.

Used in

  • Manufacturing of resins, dyes, and organic acids.
  • Petrochemicals – Chemicals made from feedstocks derived from petroleum or natural gas.
    • Ethylene
    • Butadiene
    • most large-scale plastics
    • resins
    • petrochemical sulfur

Diethyl phthalate – phthalate ester – a colorless liquid that has a bitter, disagreeable taste. Phthalates are one of the many chemicals that aren’t even listed on your cosmetic label.

Used in/for

  • make plastics more flexible
    • toothbrushes
    • automobile parts
    • tools
    • toys
    • cosmetics
    • insecticides
    • aspirin


  • Emits toxic gases when burned

Galaxolidea polycyclic organic synthetic musk that is used in some perfumes that emits a clean sweet musky flowery woody odor.

Used in

  • Soaps
  • Cosmetics
  • Detergents,  fabric softeners
  • High doses were also incorporated in fine fragrances


  • Environmental health impacts
  •  collects in the body fat, blood, and in women breast milk

Limonene – a chemical found in the peels of citrus fruits and in other plants

Other names:

  • Alpha-Limonene, Alpha-Limonène
  • Dipentene
  • D-Limonene, D-Limonène
  • L-Limonene, L-Limonène
  • Limonène, Limoneno
  • R-Limonene, R-Limonène
  • S-Limonene, S-Limonène

Used in/for

  • to make medicines
  • an additive in chewing gum
  • foods
  • as a flavoring in beverages
  • cosmetics
  • as a fragrance
  • as a solvent
  • in water-free hand cleansers
  • manufacturing of plastics

Effects/ side effects:

  • may be broken down by the liver
  • When taken with medications that decrease the breakdown of limonene in the liver may increase the effects and side effects of limonene.
  • It is stated that this may stop cancer: however, on the same page they say not to take it if you are pregnant
  • shown to promote tumor formation in mouse skin
  • Caution is advised when using the orange oil version of limonene

Linalool – a colorless, unsaturated terpene liquid alcohol, having a fragrance similar to that of bergamot oil, it is obtained from several essential oils. Linalool can also be extracted from pine wood.

Other names:

  • β-linalool
  • linalyl alcohol
  • linaloyl oxide
  • p-linalool
  • allo-ocimenol
  • 2,6-dimethyl-2,7-octadien-6-ol

Plants that naturally produce linalool:

  • Lamiaceae (mints, scented herbs)
  • Lauraceae (laurels, cinnamon, rosewood)
  • Rutaceae (citrus fruits)
  •  Citrus sinensis Osbeck, family Rutaceae (sweet orange flowers)
  • Lavandula officinalis Chaix, family Lamiaceae (lavender)
  • Laurus nobilis, family Lauraceae (bay laurel)
  •  Ocimum basilicum, family Lamiaceae (sweet basil)

Used in/for:

  • as a scent hygiene products – soaps, shampoos, lotions
  • cosmetics
  • detergents
  • a chemical intermediate, solvents
  • Vitamin E
  • flea, fruit fly and cockroach insecticide
  • some mosquito repellent products

Risks/ side effects:

  • breaks down when in contact with oxygen, forming an oxidized by-product (buy smaller bottles of perfumed hygiene products, be sure to close securely after use to minimize exposure to oxidized product)
  • oxidized by-product may cause allergic reactions (eczema)
  • may not repel mosquitos as well as claimed
  • Contain insecticidal compound that may be toxic to mammals

Limonene and Linalool:  (Citrus Peel Extracts, lemon, orange, lime, etc.) – kill many insect pests and they are also used in many products you use daily i.e.: cosmetics, fragrances, flavoring, solvents, etc.

  • Both are contact poisons that heighten sensory nerve activity in insects, causing massive over-stimulation of motor nerves that leads to convulsion and paralysis.  Some insects, such as adult fleas, can recover.
  • Both moderate and high doses can cause tremors, excess salivation, lack of coordination and muscle weakness in animals with temporary symptoms that last from several hours to days, generally leading to full recovery.
  • Used against fleas, aphids and mites, but, these compounds also kill fire ants, houseflies, stable flies, black soldier flies, paper wasps, fruit flies and house crickets.

Fragrances Used for or found in

  • cosmetics
  • perfumes
  • soaps
  • shampoos
  • beauty aids, health care products
  • deodorants
  • in industrial adhesives
  • in medical and consumer goods made with polyvinyl chloride plastic (PVC)
  • household cleaners and laundry products

Risks or Side Effects

  • itchy, scaly, painful skin
  • shown to cause “possible mutagenic and genotoxic effects
  • immune system damage
  • linked to sperm damage
  • hormone disruptors – linked to abnormal cell reproduction
  • may result in tumor growth
  • Some cause brain damage or are neurotoxins – impair brain function
  • Many cause cancer
  • birth defects; harm the developing testes of offspring
  • affect the nervous system
  • central nervous system disorders
  • migraine headaches
  • allergic reactions
  • methylene chloride – known carcinogen, causes autoimmune disease
  • toxic to the respiratory tract, damages the lungs, asthma
  • severe depressive disorder in people who are sensitive to chemical scents
  • anxiety in people who are sensitive to chemical scents
  • Thyroid disorders, causes damage to the thyroid gland
    • can cause obesity
    • problems losing or maintaining a healthy weight
    • serious hair loss
    • mood disorders
    • feelings of lethargy
  • damage to the liver and kidneys
  • accumulates in the body fat and connective tissue
  • present in breast milk
  • harmful to the marine environment

“Made with pure essential oils” often translates to an ingredient list with a small percentage of essential oils and a majority of the scent coming from a number of carcinogenic and toxic

Unless a company discloses that they only use pure essential oils, there is a possibility that instead of an aromatherapeutic candle, you are igniting a chemical cocktail that is anything but healthy

 Fructose – derived from sugar cane, sugar beets, and corn, highly processed liquid sugar extracted with the chemical solvent glutaraldehyde and may be contaminated with mercury. Fructose is a natural form of sugar in most fruits and vegetable; fortunately, your body can process this form of fructose easily, just as with anything, do not overdo it.  It is the processed form of fructose that the liver has an issue with.

High fructose corn syrup is different than regular corn syrup; even though it may contain the same ingredients, cornstarch and enzymes, high fructose corn syrup is produced with an added enzyme and it is in virtually everything we eat.

The reason it is in everything; even though it is unnecessary is because it supposedly provides a softer, chewier texture to baked goods and produces an even browning on breads, cakes and cookies.  All these reasons given here can be gotten in virtually all baked goods without the chemicals and added sugars, so what gives.   Stupidly, high fructose corn syrup and other sugars are used as a preservative in the short shelf life so called foods, like meats, yogurt and other foods.

Unfortunately, or maybe stupidly, whichever way you want to look at it – high fructose corn syrup meets the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) standards for what is considered “natural.” However, most of us who consider any product that contain more than 1 to 2 ingredients as not natural.

Used for or in

  • thousands of grocery items
  • pizza sauce
  • salad dressings
  • Soft drinks
  • Juices
  • Cereal
  • Ketchup
  • Bread
  • Cakes, cookies and ice cream
  • Salad dressing
  • Crackers
  • Yogurt
  • Applesauce
  • Sweetened pickles
  • Processed meat
  • cough syrup

Risks or side effects

  • linked to diabetes, leads to insulin resistance in the liver
  • Obesity – Leads to increased metabolic disturbances that drive increases in appetite, weight gain.  High fructose is absorbed more rapidly than regular sugar because no digestion is required; therefore, it does not stimulate insulin or leptin production and it goes right to the liver is rapidly absorbed into your blood stream triggering the production of fats
  • High fructose causes leptin resistance.  Leptin is a hormone that controls appetite and metabolism to maintain a normal weight.
  • mood disorders
  • Some have a condition – Hereditary Fructose Intolerance which will not allow the body to digest sugar at all.  In this case fructose ingestion could cause many problems, the worst case scenario being death.
    • Nausea
    • Abdominal pain
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Low blood sugar
    • Bloating
    • Liver dysfunction
    •  infants who have this intolerance may grow and gain weight at a slower than rate than other children
    • Mercury that may be in high fructose products (processing equipment), negatively affects the nervous system
    • can’t be used for energy by your body’s cells; therefore, it is completely useless for any of the bodily functions
    • toxin in high amounts to the liver,
    • transforms high fructose into fat
    • damages the liver
    • leads to fatty liver disease
    • Affects the liver the same as alcohol, which is already well known as a liver toxin.
    • Reacts with proteins and polyunsaturated fats in our bodies. Which ultimately creates compounds that leads to oxidative damage in our cells and then to inflammation and many other chronic diseases.
    • Cancer, high fructose feeds cancer cells.  As with any infection, it thrives on sugar.
    • Cardiovascular heart disease
    • can cause high blood pressure
    • increases triglycerides and LDLs (cholesterol)
    • Depletion of vitamins and minerals
    • affects brain functioning, as it relates to appetite regulation
    • shown to impair memory in rats
    • dementia
    • Accelerated aging
    • ADHD
    • arthritis
    • Increases uric acid production, which, can cause gout, kidney stones and cause or aggravate hypertension.
    • can create gut flora imbalances, promote bacterial overgrowth and promote the growth of bad/harmful bacteria
    • a marker of poor-quality, nutritionally poor, empty calories, disease creating, artificial ingredient so-called- food and filled with many other kinds of disease-promoting compounds, fats, salt, and chemicals.
    • Proven to punch holes in the intestinal lining, allowing toxic gut bacteria and partially digested food proteins to enter your blood stream and trigger an immune reaction and body wide inflammation.

The easiest and fastest way to trash your health is to keep eating processed food that contain high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), or for that matter anything with chemicals that do not belong in the body to begin with.  No damn wonder so many people have so many physical or mental problems.

Unfortunately, if you read the labels like I do, you will find not only msg in dried products but also sugars (listed under thousands of different names) in every processed/packaged product on the planet; therefore this person no longer eats any packaged product.  P.S. msg is a processed plant sugar and a preservative.

To improve your health and reduce the obvious health risks avoid any and all so-called food products that contain high fructose corn syrup.  Artificial, imitation, processed is a good hint that you should not be eating it. I do realize that eating whole, real, fresh food full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants is expensive.  Many thanks to our government, chemical manufacturers, and big producers of the so-called food for making it so expensive to eat in a non-commercial, non-processed, and non-poisonous way!

FYI – tests were done by running high fructose corn syrup through a chemical analyzer which resulted in strange chemical peaks that had shown up and they were not classified as glucose or fructose.  Kinda makes you wonder what the high fructose corn syrup manufacturers were calling natural.  This is definitely not natural if this processed substance that you call high fructose corn syrup has chemical compounds in it that are not even related to what it is supposed to be.





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