But, can you imagine using petroleum in food production? Well, manufacturers can. Petroleum is a common additive in the products your kid eats.
The thing is, petroleum is added in various variations of food coloring, and you consume it through your favorite products like soda, sports drinks, mac & cheese, cake, candies and other typically ‘American’ products. Yellow dye #5 and red dye #40 are its worst variations.
FDA still approves the use of products that contain petroleum by-products, although they are already banned in other countries around the world because of their health-harming effect.
Regular consumption of ‘petroleum-enriched’ foods can cause:
- Allergic reactions
- Weight gain
- Chromosomal damage
- Damage of vital organs
- Birth defects
About 90% of food dyes are red 40, yellow 5, and yellow 6.
Michael Jacobson, an executive director at CSPI, says that even fresh fruits like oranges are soaked in dyes like these to provide a brighter and unique color. Numerous studies have shown some devastating results:
- Red 40 induces tumor development in the immune system of lab mice. It has been associated with allergy symptoms and hyperactivity in children;
- Yellow 5 has the same effect, plus it contains many carcinogens that cause damages to vitals;
- Yellow 6 has caused adrenal tumors in lab animals, and it triggers hypersensitivity in children;
Avoid the top 5 life-threatening foods
- Pop Tarts
America’s favorite midday snack contains high fructose corn syrup, dextrose and sugar. These cause diabetes, sugar addiction and even liver malfunction in children.
The product also contains TBHQ, an extremely dangerous petroleum-based product. It has shown to damage DNA, and trigger cellular dysfunction in humans, and lab animals have developed tumors, vision loss, enlarged liver, neurotoxic effects, convulsions, and paralysis.
- Fruit snacks
Red 3 is commonly added to these products, and it has already been taken out of the production of cosmetic products, since it has shown to cause thyroid tumors.
- M & Ms
‘Flamin’ Hot’ is linked to abdominal distress, gastritis, and addiction in individuals at any age.
- Teddy Grams
Replace your unhealthy snacks with healthier and organic alternatives. Store-bought products are in no way better than healthy servings of fresh fruits and veggies.
Note: Toxic dyes are not only added in food products. Unfortunately, these are found in vitamin supplements, cough syrups, toothpastes, shampoos, detergents, and hand creams. Keep your family safe from toxins, and always check the labels before you buy the product.
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