Poisoning our “Food” with Unnecessary Chemical Preservatives and Fillers; Acesulfame-K, Acetaldehyde, Acetone, Acrylamide/polyacrylamide, Alcohol, Alkyl-phenol Ethoxylades, Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Aluminum, Ammonium Glycolate, Ammonium Persulfate, Annatto, Ascorbic or erythorbic acid, Aspartame, Astaxanthin, Autolyzed Proteins

Poisoning our “Food” with Unnecessary Chemical Preservatives and Fillers

Round one of the chemical poisoning of our food

This is definitely taking some time as I said it would.  It saddens me to think that companies put this stuff out there all in the name of profit and to hell with the populous.   The only thing they seem to be preserving is their income even though it makes so many people sick.  If they took their hands out of their pockets for one split second, they may, and I do mean “may” see exactly what they are doing.  I really wonder some time because some people really do have a pretty tight grip on that all-mighty buck they fill their pockets with.

Eating fresh is insanely expensive; however, eating the chemically fortified products make some of us pretty sick. So it is either eat fresh or starve!!!!!!!

Unfortunately, most of the so-called food’s ingredient list reads like a chemistry experiment gone awry.  I don’t know about you, but I am nobody’s guinea pig or lab rat! (Pardon the pun)

Acesulfame-K:   a potassium salt containing methylene chloride

{This is a sugar substitute that is approximately 200 times sweeter than sugar and is                 found in pudding, chewing gum, non-dairy creamers, instant coffee mixes, tea mixes, gelatin desserts, and is present in many baked goods.}

  • Nausea, headaches, mood problems, impairment of the liver and kidneys, problems with eyesight and possibly cancer is contributed to long term exposure to methylene chloride and may also contribute to hypoglycemia.
  • Of all the sweeteners, this one has had the least amount of research performed.  However, early studies have shown a potential link between this sweetener and development of many cancers in laboratory animals.
  • Another problem that appeared is that acetoacetamide; the breakdown product of acesulfame-K affected the thyroid of the laboratory animals when they were given large amounts.

Acetaldehyde:  Produced by plants as part of their normal metabolism and by the oxidation of ethylene, an important natural plant hormone which is a cause of hangovers and used in agriculture to force the ripening of fruits.

{Found in many nail care products.}

  • Toxic when used for prolonged periods and a probable carcinogen. It is a combustible air pollutant from automotive exhausts, tobacco smoke, and thermal degradation of polymers in the plastics processing industry.
  • Irritant of the skin (with reddening and swelling), eyes, mucous membranes, throat, respiratory tract (with accumulation of fluid in the lungs).
  • Symptoms of exposure to this compound include nausea, vomiting, headache which may not happen immediately.
  • It has a general narcotic action and large doses can cause death by respiratory paralysis.
  • It may also cause drowsiness, delirium, hallucinations, loss of intelligence. In extreme cases it may cause severe damage to the mouth, throat and stomach, kidney and liver damage.

Acetone:  Also known as Dimethyl ketone, 2-Propanone, Beta-Ketopropane.  A colorless, explosive, extremely flammable liquid ketone used as an organic solvent.

{Found in nail polish remover.}

  • Inhaling large amounts, even for a short time allows this product to enter the bloodstream, thereby affecting all other organs.
  • A nose, throat, lung and eye irritant.
  • Inhalation causes occurrences of headaches, confusion, increased pulse rate, effects on blood, nausea, vomiting and unconsciousness, coma.
  • Shortens the menstrual cycle in women.
  • Effects of long-term exposure include kidney, liver and nerve damage, increased birth defects, metabolic changes and coma.

 Acrylamide/polyacrylamide:  Asparagine is an amino acid (a building block of proteins) that is found in many vegetables, with higher concentrations in some varieties of potatoes.

When heated to high temperatures in the presence of certain sugars, asparagine can form acrylamide. High-temperature cooking methods, such as (baking, frying, grilling, or broiling), have been found to produce acrylamide

{Manufactured for use in polyacrylamide gels, sometimes used as a treatment for drinking water and/ or wastewater. present in everything from bread crusts to snack chips,}

  • Acrylamide causes cancer in animals and in large doses, neurological damage in humans. Smoking is a major acrylamide producer as is frying, deep frying or extended micro-waving.

Alcohol:  ethanol (or ethyl alcohol). While it does have some anesthetic and disinfecting properties it also acts as a desiccant, which means that it removes water.

{Found in mouthwash, astringent, toothpaste, cleansers.}

  • Long term exposure to alcohol can potentially lead to oral sores or even oral cancer.

Alginate:  naturally derived compound of kelp, or brown seaweed

{used as a thickening agent and foam stabilizer.  Also used in milk products such as ice cream, cheese, cottage cheese and yogurt.}

  • Not much can be found about this product.  The only one to use caution with is sodium alginate.  I can cause high blood pressure; deplete calcium within the body causing poor bone health, or congestive heart failure.
  • The only other issue that may need to be considered is any allergies you may have with sea food.

Alkyl-phenol Ethoxylades:  nonionic surfactants composed of ethylene oxide adduct of Octyl Phenol.  Octyl Phenol Ethoxylates vary in physical appearance from clear or slightly hazy, colorless liquids to white solids, depending upon the level of ethoxylation formulations.

{Used in textile and paper processing.  Found in shampoo, bubble bath, detergents, paints and coating, residential and commercial cleaning products, and in pesticides.}

  • Effects reproduction.  May reduce sperm count.
  • The effects in fish and other aquatic creatures is worse than in mammals.
  • Builds up over time within the tissue of the body because the body does not dispel it.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid:  a class of chemical compounds may naturally occur or be produced synthetically.  It consists of a carboxylic acid substituted with a hydroxyl group on the adjacent carbon. Carboxylic acids occur widely in nature. The fatty acids are components of glycerides, which in turn are components of fat.  Carboxylic acids are used in textile treatment  and as an antacid.  This goes into some serious explanations; however, after looking at so many of this, I just get seriously confused trying to decipher the lengthy explanation of this “chemical”.

{Found in anti-aging facial creams and lotions.}

  • Destroys skin cells and leaves skin more susceptible to damage from the environment and skin cancer. Actually ends up aging skin.

 Aluminum:  A metallic element that makes up about 8.2 percent of the earth’s crust. Since the discovery of cheap processes to extract aluminum from compounds like aluminum oxide and bauxite in the late 1800s, aluminum has been used in a variety industries and products.

{Aluminum is in many antiperspirants and prevalent in water supplies. Processed foods contain dietary aluminum.  Tin foil, pots and pans, and loads of other nonfood articles.}

  • Heavy concentrations may be linked to Alzheimer’s dementia, muscular-skeletal system and brain, causing muscle weakness, bone pain, osteoporosis, delayed growth in children, altered mental abilities, and seizures.

Ammonium Glycolate:  the salt of Glycolic Acid

{Found in body products. cosmetics and personal care products, body lotion}

  • Irritates the immune system with itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin.
  • It is also a penetration enhancer which alters the skins’ structure, allowing other chemicals to penetrate deeper into the skin, thus increasing the amounts of other chemicals that reach the bloodstream.
  • This is a photosensitizer with the potential to an increase risk of sunburn and skin cancer by intensifying UV exposures in deep skin layers.

Ammonium Persulfate:  an oxidizing agent and has the ability to dissolve easily in cold water.

{Found in hair color and bleaching kit sensitizer}

  • Can instigate an immune system response which includes: itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin,
  • Lung sensitizer including asthma attacks or other problems.
  • Toxic to immune system, toxic to respiratory system, toxic to skin, classified as toxic in one or more government assessments.

Annatto:  also called roucou, is a natural plant extract used to dye an assortment of foods, textiles, and body care products. Two compounds give annatto its unique red color: bixin, and norbixin.   Botanically known as Bixa orellana, which provides the source for annatto.

{Primarily, it is used as red food coloring in a wide assortment of foods. The food. additive number for it is E160b, allowing consumers to identify it on a label even when it is not listed by name.}

  • allergic reactions, might affect blood sugar levels. This has raised some concern that it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery.

Ascorbic or erythorbic acid:  It is a vegetable-derived food additive produced from sucrose.

{Used as an antioxidant in processed foods}

  • Less serious side effects of ascorbic acid may include: Diarrhea, upset stomach, may act as a diuretic, side and low back pain, flushing(warmth, redness, or tingling under your skin);
    • heartburn, stomach cramps; nausea, vomiting; headache, dizziness;
  • Caution should be taken if you have kidney, liver, risk of cancer, gout, diabetes, sickle cell, or other disorder because they could be worsened.
  • Caution should be used during pregnancy or breast feeding because a threat may be posed to the infant.
  • May also interact with some medications so use caution and consult a doctor.
  • May produce blood in your urine; pain when you urinate; severe or ongoing diarrhea; or feeling like you might pass out.

Aspartame:  Genetically Modified, synthetic sugar substitute.  Combination of two amino acids and methanol.  it includes a component called phenylalanine that can’t be metabolized by those with phenylketonuria, “a rare disease an autosomal recessive metabolic genetic disorder characterized by a mutation in the gene for the hepatic enzyme phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH), rendering it nonfunctional.  Untreated PKU can lead to mentalretardation, seizures, and other serious medical problems.”1

{sugar substitute in diet foods and used primarily in soft drinks and drink mixes, and many low-calorie, processed fresh and frozen desserts. and some body products, such as shaving gel.}

  • Chemical compound may cause cancer and other health-related problems.  1970 – caused brain tumors in some studies with rats.  2005 – new study released, found that even small doses of the sweetener increased the occurrence of lymphoma and leukemia.
  • People report dizziness, headaches and even seizures. Scientists believe it can alter behavior due to altered brain function. Long term effects of this genetically modified organism on human health has not been studied or tested.
  • pregnant women are discouraged from ingesting aspartame.
  • neurological disorders, seizures, blurred vision and migraine headaches

Astaxanthin:  a type of carotenoid (fat-soluble pigment) that is extracted from algae, plants and marine life, such as salmon. It occurs naturally within these organisms.

{This organic substance is used in the coloring of farm-raised salmon, since they’re not able to get it in the wild and are thus differently colored without it.  Animal feed supplement.  Vitamin supplement}

  • has a very low rate for causing side effects, some people have experienced negative side effects with use, such as reduced calcium levels, blood pressure decreases, increased hair growth, increased skin pigmentation and changes in hormonal levels.
  • Use caution if you are allergic to sea food.
  • Read the ingredient list before taking a supplement- Even though this is a healthy nutrient, what is in the supplement with it may be poisonous, ie: “Titanium dioxide”

Autolyzed Proteins:  Highly processed form of protein containing free glutamate and used to mimic the taste-enhancer chemical MSG.

{A preservative and flavor enhancer, listed on an ingredient list even on those items that say “no msg”.  In processed meats, vegetable, prepared meals, etc.}

  • Listed under the same category as autolyzed yeast and MSG.

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References

1http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenylketonuria

http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2011/10/18/whats-really-in-the-food-the-a-to-z-of-the-food-industrys-most-evil-ingredients/

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

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/top-number-most-dangerous-artificial-sweeteners.html

http://www.therabreath.com/alcohol-in-mouthwash.html

http://www.naturecanheal.com/dental-products/alcohol-free-mouthwash.html

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/risk/acrylamide-in-food

http://www.livestrong.com/article/313775-sodium-alginate-side-effects/

http://www.venus-goa.com/chemical-products/ethoxylates/products/alkyl_phenol_ethoxylates/octyl_phenol.htm

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

http://www.livestrong.com/article/477593-the-negative-effects-of-ascorbic-acid/

http://www.drugs.com/sfx/ascorbic-acid-side-effects.html

http://www.ehow.com/about_5040893_astaxanthin-side-effects.html

http://www.wisegeek.org/what-are-the-most-common-astaxanthin-side-effects.htm

http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/herbsvitaminsa1/a/BetaCarotene.htm

http://www.livestrong.com/article/540321-what-foods-contain-harmful-aluminum/#ixzz2WKvI4VNl

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/5186644

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

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-23-ANNATTO.aspx?activeIngredientId=23&activeIngredientName=ANNATTO

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/95261/carboxylic-acid

This may not be all of them in “A” as they are alphabetically organized as much as possible; however, if there are more I will update this blog as I find them.  That being said, now on to “B”…………………..Oh, so much fun!  Nausea sets in just thinking about what people are forced to eat because they are limited on funds.

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Annie

Native American heritage. Wicca and Native spriitualality and always trying to strengthen that. Love working online and continuosly learning to do that. Single and love it!!!!!!!!!!!

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  1. small things add up and it relaly is all the small things that will wind up making a big difference.Locally grown food is a thing that more and more people are trying to find when they shop. Your heal lth of our planet can both experience some benefits from the purchase of locally grown foods. Of

    1. True. It is just a bit expensive in this area even though the travel expense has been eliminated. Main because it is just so damned expensive to live here so I do understand their cost.

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