Sodium Nitrate and Nitrite is used in the preservation and curing of meats such as ham and bacon. USDA sponsored research has shown that this compound is highly carcinogenic. Once the compound enters the digestive system, it forms a number of nitrosamines and attacks multiple organs in the human body — especially the liver and pancreas.
Foods Found In: Ham, bacon, sausages, cured meats, processed beef, smoked fish etc.
Countries Banned In: European Union
Aspartame is a compound that makes your ‘sugar free’ and ‘diet’ products sweet. It is also packaged and sold as sugar free food sweeteners. Recent studies have shown that Aspartame is both, a carcinogen and a neurotoxin. Consuming this compound regularly can lead to a host of health issues such as tumors, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, seizures, migraines and also neurological disorders such as depression, chronic fatigue, anxiety disorders, neurological damage etc. A study carried out by scientist Ted Platt in Michigan found that aspartame consumption caused birth defects in mice. Find out more about the dangers of artificial sweeteners.
Foods Found In: Diet foods, Diet Coke, Jellies, gelatinous products, chewing gums, sugar free sweeteners, toothpastes, etc.
Countries Banned In: Indonesia, South Africa
Trans Fat is a dangerous preservative that’s added to foods to increase their shelf life. Foods that contain margarine and deep fried frozen foods are high in Trans Fat. Studies have shown that Trans Fat can cause the HDL cholesterol (good) to drop and the LDL cholesterol (bad) to rise. This leads to a number of heart problems due to blockages such as heart attacks, strokes etc.
Foods Found In: deep fried fast food, margarine, chips, French fries etc.
Countries Banned In: Denmark, Canada, Brazil, Sweden, Argentina, Austria, Israel, Switzerland permit only up to 2% by weight of Trans Fat in any product.
Food dyes have been used for a long time in food products to make them more colorful and appealing. However, studies have found that consumption of food coloring can lead to neurological damage, reduction in IQ, as well as behavior issues. Other tests done on test subjects (animals) have found food colors to be carcinogenic.
Blue #1 and #2
Foods Found In: cocktails, cereal, sports energy drinks, sweets etc
Countries Banned In: France, Norway.
Lab Test Results: Chromosomal damage.
Foods Found In: Cheese, artificial lemonade, ice cream, cereal, sweets etc.
Countries Banned In: Sweden, Norway.
Lab Test Results: chromosomal damage and kidney and adrenal tumors.
Red #3 and #40
Foods Found In: cereal, food gazing, cherry products, cocktails, ice creams, sweets, ice candies etc.
Countries Banned In: Red #3 is banned in almost all countries including U.S.A. and the EU. Red #40 is FDA approved in the U.S. but banned in EU.
Lab Test Results: cancer, hyperactivity, allergic reactions
Potassium Bromate has been used in the production of breads and bakery products to increase their fluffiness. However, the IARC has determined this compound to be a class 2B carcinogen.
Foods Found In: Breads, bakery products
Countries Banned In: EU, China, Nigeria, Canada, Brazil, South Korea, Peru, and Sri Lanka.
Be sure to read entire labels. Don’t just look at calories and nutritional information – know the ingredients you will be ingesting.