3,000 Food Additives
Over and above the
chemical fertilizers and pesticides, there are over 3,000 chemical food
additives in use today.
The average American consumes a full pound
of them per year! Monosodium glutamate, sugar substitutes, dyes,
preservatives, nitrites, emulsifiers, fillers, waxes, sprayed on vitamins made
from coal tars, tenderizers, texturizers, antifreezes, hormones and antibiotics
are just a few we consume in processed foods.
Hormones have been
implicated in the development of breast cancer and other cancers in
humans. Feeding livestock antibiotic-laced feed can promote strains of
bacteria that are resistant to our present arsenal of antibiotic drugs, putting
humans at risk of dangerous infections.
Waxes on produce can seal
pesticides in our food. Fungicides, used to retard spoilage, are
sometimes combined in the wax (which makes them more difficult to wash off),
and at least two fungicides are listed as probable human carcinogens.
Some artificial colors have been found to be hazardous to our
health. Red No. 3, aka erythrosine, was banned from most uses because it
produced thyroid tumors in rats but it is still used in pistachio nuts,
maraschino cherries and other foods. Yellow No. 5, aka tartrazine, still
in use, can cause hives, itching, runny nose, headaches, or breathing problems
in sensitive individuals.
Sodium nitrite is added to bacon, ham,
bologna and other processed meats as a preservative and flavor enhancer.
In the stomach, nitrite may combine with other compounds, secondary amines, to
form powerful cancer-causing chemicals called
Unfortunately, that's not all. These 3,000 additives
do not include the indirect additives which encompass an additional 12,000
chemicals used in packaging, some of which migrate to our foods.
of the milling of our refined rice, sugar, wheat, (etc), are used primarily in
feed for pigs, cattle, chickens, (etc), destined for slaughter. We buy
the ultra-refined, chemically contaminated, lifeless, degeneration-promoting
food that's left.
Let's move on to food
labels so you can learn about what to look for and how to ascertain what
may be your best choice...