Do you have any idea what is petroleum made of? The yellowish liquid mixture consists of hydrocarbons. It is extracted from specific rocks, and later refined into fuels. Gasoline, kerosene, and diesel oil are just some of its products.
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
Given that food dyes also contain toxins, they have been banned from use in Great Britain and the European Union since 2009/2010.
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
Yes, we know, frosted strawberry is your favorite, but do you know that it is packed with dangerous substances, as shown on the Kellogg website?
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
Although fruit-snacks are supposed to be healthy, most of them have nothing to do with health or nutrition. Products like jam-filled cereal bars contain food coloring that gives their great color and taste.
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
Although they are one of world’s most popular candies, M & Ms contain red 40, yellow 5, and yellow 6. The list of ‘goodies’ does not end here, because they also contain blue 2, which has been associated with the development of brain and bladder tumors. Blue 1 has a devastating effect on nerve cell development.
The product contains many food colorings, including yellow 6. Analysis has shown the presence of artificial flavoring mix that consists of extremely toxic substances.
‘Flamin’ Hot’ is linked to abdominal distress, gastritis, and addiction in individuals at any age.
- Teddy Grams
They may seem harmless and tasty, but experts do not agree on this one. The snacks are super-packed with TBGH, which is associated with nausea, vomiting, delirium, anxiety, and stomach cancer.
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.