by Mike Adams
the Health Ranger
July 28, 2011
Ever wonder what's really in the food
sold at grocery stores around the world?
People keep asking me,
"What ingredients should I avoid?"
So I put together a short list
that covers all the most toxic and disease-promoting ingredients in
the food supply. These are the substances causing cancer, diabetes,
heart disease and leading to tens of billions of dollars in
unnecessary health care costs across America (and around the world).
If you want to stay healthy and out of the hospital, read
ingredients labels and make sure you avoid all these ingredients:
cancer-causing chemicals formed in foods when carbohydrates
are exposed to high heat (baking, frying, grilling).
present in everything from bread crusts to snack chips, and
because they aren't intentional ingredients, acrylamides do
NOT have to be listed on labels.
Aspartame is a chemical sweetener
that causes neurological disorders, seizures, blurred vision
and migraine headaches.
processed form of protein containing free glutamate and used
to mimic the taste-enhancer chemical MSG.
mimicking chemical found in nearly all food packaging
Active in just parts per billion, BPA promotes
cancer, infertility and hormone disorders. It also
"feminizes" males, promoting male breast growth and hormone
Hilariously, this is widely used in "soy cheese" products
that claim to be alternatives to cow's milk. Nearly all of
them are made with cow's milk proteins.
Just another name
for High Fructose Corn Syrup (see below). Frequently used in
infant formula products
FD&C Red #40, for
example, is linked to behavioral disorders in children.
Nearly all artificial food colors are derived from
petroleum, and many are contaminated with aluminum.
Genetically Modified Ingredients
Not currently listed on the label because the GMO industry
DuPont) absolutely does not want people to
know which foods contain GMOs.
Nearly all conventionally
grown corn, soy and cotton are GMOs. They're linked to
severe infertility problems and may even cause the bacteria
in your body to produce and release a pesticide in your own
If you're not eating organic corn, you're definitely
eating GMO corn. Learn more at
High Fructose Corn Syrup
A highly processed liquid sugar
extracted with the chemical solvent glutaraldehyde and
contaminated with mercury.
It's also linked to diabetes, obesity and mood disorders.
Used in thousands of grocery items, including things you
wouldn't suspect like pizza sauce and salad dressings.
fats in the milk are artificially
modified to change them into smaller molecules
that stay in suspension in the milk liquid (so the milk fat
While it makes milk look better
on the shelf, it's also blamed for promoting heart disease
and may contribute to milk allergies. Raw milk is healthier,
which is why the
government had outlawed it.
When you see
anything hydrochloride, such as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride or
Thiamin Hydrochloride, those are chemical forms of B
vitamins that companies add to their products to be able to
claim higher RDA values of vitamins.
But these are
synthetic, chemical forms of vitamins, not real vitamins
from foods or plants. Nutritionally, they are near-useless
and may actually be bad for you.
Also watch out for
niacinamide and cyanocobalamin (synthetic vitamin B-12).
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
highly processed form of (usually) soy protein that's
processed to bring out the free glutamate (MSG). Use as a
Partially Hydrogenated Oils
Oils that are modified using a
chemical catalyst to make them stable at room temperature.
trans fatty acids and
greatly increases the risk of blocked arteries.
It also promotes
what I call "sludge blood," which is thick, viscous blood
that's hard to pump.
This is usually diagnosed by doctors as
"high blood pressure" and (stupidly) treated with
blood-thinning medications that are
technically the same
chemicals as rat poison (warfarin).
The acid used
in sodas to dissolve the carbon dioxide and add to the
overall fizzy-ness of the soda. Phosphoric acid will eat
steel nails. It's also used by stone masons to etch rocks.
The military uses it to clean
the rust off battleships. In absolutely
destroys tooth enamel.
Search Google Images for "Mountain Dew Mouth" to see
of teeth rotted out by phosphoric acid...
A liquid used
in the automotive industry to winterize RVs.
It's also used
to make the fake blueberries you see in blueberry muffins,
bagels and breads. (Combined with artificial colors and corn
syrup.) See shocking "Fake Blueberries" video:
white salt lacking in trace minerals. In the holistic
nutrition industry, we call it "death salt" because it
promotes disease and death.
Real salt, on the other hand,
such as "dirty" sea salt or pink Himalayan salt, is loaded
with the trace minerals that prevent disease, such as
selenium (cancer), chromium (diabetes) and zinc (infectious
disease). Much like with bread and sugar, white salt is
terrible for your health. And don't be fooled by claims of
"sea salt" in grocery stores.
All salt came from the sea if
you go far back enough in geologic time, so they can slap
the "sea salt" claim on ANY salt!
cancer-causing red coloring chemical added to bacon, hot
dogs, sausage, beef jerky, ham, lunch meats, pepperoni and
nearly all processed meats.
Strongly linked to
brain tumors, pancreatic cancers and
The USDA once tried to ban it from the food supply but was
out-maneuvered by the meat industry, which now dominates
USDA regulations. Sodium nitrite is a complete poison used
to make meats look fresh.
Countless children die of cancer
each year from sodium nitrite-induced cancers.
The No. 1 protein
source used in "protein bars," including many bars widely
consumed by bodybuilders.
Soy protein is the "junk
protein" of the food industry. It's made from genetically
modified soybeans (often grown in China) and then subjected
hexane, a chemical solvent
that can literally explode.
chemical sweetener sold as
Splenda. The sucralose
molecule contains a chlorine atom. Researchers have
repeatedly found that artificial sweeteners make people fat
by actually promoting weight gain.
nutritionally-deficient byproduct of cane processing.
sugar cane processing, nearly all the minerals and vitamins
end up in the blackstrap molasses that's usually fed to farm
animals. (Blackstrap molasses is actually the "good" part of
sugar cane juice.) Molasses is often fed to farm animals
because every rancher knows that farm animals need good
nutrition to stay alive.
Amazingly, conventional doctors
don't yet realize this about humans, and they continue to
claim that eating sugar is perfectly fine for you. Sugar
promotes diabetes, obesity, mood disorders and nutritional
Textured Vegetable Protein
Usually made of soy protein which is extracted from
genetically modified soybeans and then processed using
hexane, an explosive chemical solvent (see Soy Protein,
Widely used in vegetarian foods such as "veggie
burgers" (most of which also contain MSG or Yeast Extract,
by the way).
Hidden form of
MSG that contains free glutamate and is used in many
"natural" food products to claim "No MSG!"
contains up to 14% free glutamate. You'll find it in
thousands of grocery store products, from soups to snack
chips. I even once spotted it used on fresh meat!
Here's a trick food companies frequently used to pack more sugar
into their products without making sugar look like the first
Ingredient labels, you see, must list the most prominent ingredients
first, and some consumers might freak out of they saw a box of
cereal that said, "Sugar, whole grain wheat, corn" and so on.
Instead, the company uses 3 or 4 different forms of sugar to
distribute them farther down the label, like this:
"Whole grain wheat, sugar, corn
syrup, corn syrup solids..."
This way, the first ingredients looks
like "whole grain wheat" when, in reality, the cereal might be over
fifty percent sugars!
How to buy honest
Shop at your local farmer's
market, food co-op or CSA.
In the USA, look for the USDA
Organic label on foods. This is a legitimate claim to being
certified organic. It's one of the few programs run by the
USDA that actually has integrity.
Read the ingredients labels! If
you see names of chemicals you can't pronounce, don't buy
Buy more unprocessed food
ingredients and make your own meals rather than buying
ready-to-eat, processed foods, which are almost universally
formulated with disease-promoting ingredients.
GROW some of
your own food! The
best food you can ever eat is food from your own garden.
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