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Aspartame is a neurotoxin that is used as a sugar substitute and is found in cereals, yogurts, cooking sauces, flavored water products, sugar-free foods and beverages (including diet soda), children's medicine, chewing gum and sweeteners. Consumption of aspartame is linked to birth defects, gastrointestinal and neurological problems, autism spectrum and other disorders.
BPA is an industrial chemical that is used in the manufacture of various plastic items such as water and baby bottles and food storage containers. It is also used in the manufacture of epoxy resins that are used to coat the inside of tin food and beverage cans, including baby formula cans. Some studies indicate that BPA can leech out into the food or beverage and we can end up consuming it, thereby posing a health risk to humans. It is thought that BPA may have possible health effects on the brain, behavior and the prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.
Casein is a protein found in milk, cheese, butter, non-dairy creamers, energy bars, protein drinks, packaged goods and processed foods. It is also often used as a food additive or sold in powder form (i.e., protein powder). A small percentage of the population is allergic to casein. In various studies, a high consumption of casein has been linked to cancer and other chronic diseases and illnesses. One study suggests that it may cause food cravings unrelated to hunger.
Food coloring can come from natural sources such as beets, blueberries, carrots, saffron or turmeric. However, the food industry almost always forgoes use of natural sources and uses synthetic food dyes instead. Some of most widely used synthetic dyes Yellow Color 5 and 6 and Red 40) have been linked to cancer. Artificial food dyes have also been associated with learning impairment, irritability, aggressiveness, hyperactivity and allergies in children.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is made from the starch of maize and is widely used in many foods, such as preserved meats, canned fruits and vegetables, fruit juice, breads, beer, soda and soft drinks, fast and processed food. It has been linked to hypertension and elevated bad cholesterol levels, long term liver damage, increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and significant risk of weight gain and obesity.
GMO stands for genetically modified organisms and refers to genetically modified foods (GMs). GMs are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered in a laboratory with the DNA from other plants, animals, bacteria and viruses. GMOs have been linked to increased cancer risks, accelerated aging, immune system dysfunction, increase in diabetes, toxic and allergic reactions, damage to various organs (including the kidneys, liver, heart, adrenal glands and spleen), infertility, birth defects and infant mortality. Some of the most widely grown GMO crops are soy, cotton, corn and canola. However, they are also added to processed foods as oils, sweeteners and proteins in foods such as amino acids, aspartame, vitamin C, natural and artificial flavorings, maltodextrins and others. Related: Should Genetically Modified Foods be Banned?
Infographic Source: Natural News
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