The food supply is more toxic today than ever before in the history of human civilization. This is the most comprehensive list of additives and toxins found in the food supply today. If you know of any other toxins we should add to the list, please post a comment below and we’ll add it to the list.
List of Additives
Found in fish in extremely high levels as well as in trace amounts in most crops due to air and soil pollution.
2. Pesticides and Herbicides
Found in conventionally grown (non-organic) produce, grains, meats, and processed foods.
3. Bisphenol-A (BPA)
Found in most plastic water bottles and food containers.
4. Genetically Modified Foods (GMO)
GMO foods have exploded in recent years and the KNOWN side effects of these foods according to experts include introducing allergens and toxins into the food supply, accidental contamination, and antibiotic resistance, just to name a few.
5. Processing Contaminants
These are unintentional contaminants in processed foods that come from the equipment and chemical processes used to make them. For example, metal chips from the processing machines can break off and go into the food.
A carcinogen (cancer promoting chemical) found in many processed foods.
7. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH)
A mutagen (a mutation causing chemical that damages DNA) and carcinogen found in many processed foods.
8. Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH)
rBGH has been banned in several countries but is still used by many food manufacturers like Nestle, Dreyer’s, Haagen-Dasz, and Breyer’s.
9. Modified Bovine Growth Hormones
Often used instead of rBGH and consumers are not told about it.
10. Military Contamination Sites
Sites where military bombings, trainings and experiments have been held are often polluted with toxins like lead, antimony, perchlorate, radiation, and much more.
11. Trichloroethylene (TCE)
TCE is commonly used as a degreaser for metal parts, computers, paints and volatile liquids. It’s been shown to increase cancer and potentially cause death in humans.
Perchlorate is an ingredient in rocket fuel and according to the USDA it has polluted the food and water supplies of at least 22 states in the U.S. Perchlorate can cause thyroid deficiency and other diseases.
Antimony is often found in packaging materials made with epoxy or resins.
Aluminum leaches from soda cans and other aluminum materials and can cause many side effects including Alzheimer’s.
Often sprayed on crops, many have been shown to increase cancer and other diseases in humans.
Another pesticide that causes cancer, developmental disorders, immune system suppression, nervous system disorders, reproductive damage, and disruption of hormonal systems and other diseases.
Another pesticide that causes cancer and many other diseases, developmental disorders, immune system suppression, nervous system disorders, reproductive damage, and disruption of hormonal systems and other diseases.
Another pesticide that causes cancer and many other diseases, developmental disorders, immune system suppression, nervous system disorders, reproductive damage, and disruption of hormonal systems and other diseases.
A heavy metal coming from mining and industrial supplies mostly, can increase risk of cancers and other diseases
A common contaminant in many home products (including childrens toys) and is prevalent in the food supply.
Phthalate is a widely used industrial chemical that is toxic to human health. Pthalates are used in perfumes, hairsprays, lubricants, wood finishers, and even that “new car smell.”
22. E. coli
You almost can’t turn on the news without seeing another story about an E. coli outbreak or deaths from E. coli. This bacteria has become such a huge problem because of the terrible practices of CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) where thousands of cows are confined in a small space, fed the wrong type of foods (grains instead of grass), and given hormones, antibiotics and other toxins.
Arsenic is common in the food supply in the U.S. It may be added in up to 70% of chickens in their feed asRoxsarone and perhaps in other additives as allowed by the FDA and USDA.
Nickel poisoning is associated with depression and suicide and is a particularly deadly toxic metal. It is found in large quantity in some older metal or even ceramic dental fixtures such as crowns and some wires used in bridges and braces. Nickel is also found in commercial peanut butter, margarines including soy margarine and vegetable shortening.
Adding fluoride to drinking water does NOT stop cavities in teeth. It is totally insane to add fluoride to drinking water because fluoride compounds are extremely toxic. The entire world has stopped adding fluoride to drinking water except for parts of America and Great Britain.
26. Hydrogenated Oils
Also called “partially hydrogenated oils” and Trans Fats or Trans-Fatty Acids. Trans fats are abundant in processed foods and many countries and intelligent people (including New York city) have banned trans fats.
27. Aspartame (Aminosweet)
Used to be called aspartame, now renamed aminosweet by the evil food companies that want to trick you. These artificial sweeteners are excitotoxins that cause a myriad of side effects including Alzheimer’s, cancers, migraines, immune disorders and much more.
Yet another toxic artificial sweetener and excitotoxin that can destroy human health quickly.
29. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
MSG is often used to make foods taste better. Watch out for many chinese restaurants and processed and pre-packaged foods that use MSG. It can cause many health problems and it is an excitotoxin.
30. Acesulfame K
Acesulfame K is another artificial sweetener found in puddings, chewing gum, non-dairy creamers, instant coffee mixes, tea mixes and gelatin desserts. Acesulfame K has been shown to increase cancer risk in humans.
Acetone (aka Dimethylketone, 2-Propanone, Beta-Ketopropane) is a nose, throat, lung and eye irritant that can cause headaches, confusion, increased pulse rate, nausea, vomiting and unconsciousness, and comas. Acetone has also been shown to disrupt the menstrual cycle in women. Effects of long-term exposure include kidney, liver and nerve damage, increased birth defects, metabolic changes and coma. Acetone is most often found in nail polish removers.
Acetaldehyde is found in many nail care products and is known to cause cancers in humans and experimental animals.
33. Acrylamide and Polyacrylamide
Acrylamide is produced naturally in some foods when cooked at high temperatures. Manufactured for use in polyacrylamide gels, sometimes used as a treatment for drinking water and wastewater. Acrylamide causes cancer in animals and, in large doses, nerve damage in humans. Smoking is a major acrylamide producer as is frying, deep frying or extended micro-waving.
34. Alkyl-phenol Ethoxylades
Alkyl-phenol Ethoxylades are in most shampoos and bubble bath products and reduce sperm counts in men.
35. Alpha Hydroxy Acid
Alpha Hydroxy Acid destroys skin cells and leaves skin more susceptible to damage from the environment and skin cancer. Ironically, this toxin is found in anti-aging facial creams and lotions.
36. Ammonium Glycolate
Ammonium Glycolate is a photosensitizer that can cause immune system responses that includes itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blisters. It is also a penetration enhancer which alters the skins’ structure, allowing other chemicals to penetrate deeper into the skin, thus increasing the amounts of other chemicals that reach the bloodstream. Ammonium Glycolate is in many body products.
37. Ammonium Persulfate
Ammonium Persulfate is found in hair care products and bleaching kits and causes many of the same immune disorders as Ammonium Glycolate as well as asthma attacks and lung problems. It is an immune system toxin, respiratory toxicant, skin or sense organ toxicant, and it is classified as toxic in one or more government assessments.
38. Benzalkonium Chloride (Cetrimonium Chloride)
Benzalkonium chloride is found in hair treatment products and is toxic and allergenic.
39. Lauryl Dimonium Hydrolysed Collagen
Lauryl Dimonium Hydrolysed Collagen is found in hair treatment products and is toxic and allergenic.
Benzene when inhaled can cause headaches, rapid heart rate, tremors, confusion, unconsciousness and death. Benze can also cause Hodgkin’s and Lymphomas. This toxic chemical is used in detergents, drugs, pesticides and adhesives.
41. Benzoic Acid
Benzoic Acid damages the nervous system and is moderately toxic by ingestion. It’s also a severe eye and skin irritant. Benzoic acid is often used as a food preservative and in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics
42. Benzoic | Benzyl | Benzene
These benzene compounds contain carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and may cause birth defects. These chemicals are often found in shower gels and shampoos.
43. Benzoyl Peroxide
Benzoyl Peroxide is used in acne treatments, bar soap, facial cleansers and food additives. It is a highly toxic irritant.
44. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) | Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)
Banned in other countries, these two preservatives are considered carcinogenic but remain in U.S. manufactured foods that contain oil as they retard rancidity. Found in foods and body products.
Bronopol has been found to break down into formaldehyde and form carcinogenic nitrosamines. Bronopol comes in many body products.
Butylparaben is a carcinogen and endocrine disruptor and may impair fertility and sexual development. It can also cause itching, burning and blisters. Butylparaben is a common ingredient in many body products and lotions. (All parabens are toxic and should be avoided)
Carboxymethylcellulose causes cancer in animal studies yet is still used in cosmetics. Inhalation may also cause pneumonia.
48. Coal Tar Dyes – (includes D&C Blue 1, Green 3, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Red 33, etc.)
These dyes cause severe allergic reactions including asthma attacks, headaches, nausea, fatigue, lack of concentration, nervousness, increased risk of Hodgkin’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma. These dyes come in many products including hair dyes, dandruff shampoo, toothpaste and many foods and candies.
49. Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Cocamidopropyl Betaine may contain harmful impurities or form toxic breakdown products, itching, burning and blisters. Since it is synthesized from coconuts it may be labeled natural or organic – look out for it in body care products.
Coumarin used to be the active ingredient in rat poison. It’s a carcinogen used in the manufacturing of deodorants, shampoos, skin fresheners and perfumes.
51. D&C Yellow 11 Dye
Yellow 11 is put in lip gloss, polish remover, nail polish, bath oils, body sprays, mositurizers, lipsticks, styling gels, lotions, bar soaps, after sun products, colognes, and nail treatments. It’s supposedly safe only for external application, although even that is skeptical as it can quickly leach through your skin into your bloodstream.
52. DEA: Diethanolamine
Diethanolamine is a chemical used as a wetting or thickening agent in shampoos, soaps, hairsprays and sunscreens, blocks absorption of the nutrient choline, which is essential to the brain development in a fetus.
Diacetyl is a toxic chemical that tastes like butter and causes a serious lung condition called bronchiolitis obliterans, or “popcorn workers” lung which often leads to death or severe disability. Diacetyl is what makes movie theatre popcorn smell and taste good. Everytime you’re in a movie theatre that uses diacetyl in its popcorn (which is almost all of them), you’re being exposed to this toxic chemical and it damages your lungs.
54. Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)
Dibutyl Phthalate is a chemical used to keep nail polish from chipping. It causes cancer in lab animals as well as long-term fertility issues in newborn boys. Dibutyl Phthalate is banned in Europe but still used in the U.S.
Dimethicone is a silicone emollient which coats the skin not allowing toxins out. May promote tumors and accumulate in the liver and lymph nodes. Dimethicone is put in lotions and creams.
Dioforms damage and weaken tooth enamel allowing more staining and discoloration to take place. Ironically, this chemical toxin is found in tooth whitening products.
57. Disodium EDTA
Disodium EDTA is harmful if swallowed or inhaled. It causes irritation to skin, eyes and the respiratory tract. It’s often used in cosmetics.
58. Diazolidinyl Urea
Diazolidinyl Urea is found in facial cleansers, shampoos and conditioners. It is a neurotoxin and damages the human immune system.
59. DMDM Hydantoin
DMDM Hydantoin is an antimicrobial formaldehyde releaser preservative. It has been linked to cancers as well as developmental and reproductive toxicity. DMDM Hydantoin is allergenic and irritates the eyes skin and lungs. It’s used in manicure and pedicure products and hair treatments.
Ethylacrylate is found in some mascaras. It is suspected as a cause of cancer in human based on studies of human populations and laboratory animals.
Elastin suffocates your skin by not allowing moisture in or out. It is often put in facial creams and body lotions.
Formaldehyde is a carcinogen and neurotoxin that is fatal if swallowed, absorbed through skin or inhaled in large amounts. It causes spasms, edema, chemical pneumonitis and is extremely destructive to tissue of the mucous membrane. Formaldehyde is put in baby shampoo, bubble bath, deodorants, perfume, cologne, hair dye, mouthwash, toothpaste, hair spray, and nail polish.
63. Synthetic Fragrances
Some perfumes and fragrances contain hundreds of chemicals. Some, such as methylene chloride are carcinogenic. Some cause brain damage and are neurotoxins. Avoid all synthetic fragrances!
64. Hydroabietyl Alcohol
Hydroabietyl alcohol is found in styling gels and lotions. It is unsafe for use in cosmetics according to the fragrance industry’s International Fragrance Association.
65. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
High fructose corn syrup consumption is linked to heart disease and increases cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It makes blood cells more prone to clotting, and it may also accelerate the aging process.
Hydroquinone is severely toxic and is banned in the United Kingdom but still used in the U.S. Found in skin lightening products and hair dyes, this chemical alters the skins natural structure inhibiting the production of Melanin.
Hydroxymethylcellulose is used in cosmetics and can cause chemical pneumonitis if inhaled.
Isobutylparaben is another toxic paraben compound and can cause breast cancer, itching, burning and blisters. This toxin is put in many lotions and skin creams.
Lacquer is used in most mascaras and ironically causes eyelashes to fall out.
While lanolin itself is good for the skin, it may contain carcinogenic pesticides such as DDT, lindane, dieldrin and other neurotoxins. It’s found in many skin care products.
Lye dries out and damages your skin yet is put in many bars of soap.
72. Magnesium Stearate (Stearic Acid)
Magnesium Stearate may contain phosphatidyl choline which collapses cell membranes, kills T-Cells and damages the immune system. It is used in pharmaceuticals, foods, talcum powder, ammunition, and as a drying agent in paints.
73. Methylisothiazoline (MIT)
Methylisothiazoline causes neurological damage and is often put in shampoos.
74. Methyl Methacrylate
Methyl Methacrylate causes fingers and nails to inflame and is put in nail polishes.
Methylparaben increases breast cancer risk and is an endocrine disruptor. It also causes problems with developing fetuses and allergic reactions. It’s a close cousin of benzoic acid. It is found in many lotions and other body products.
76. Mineral Oil
Mineral oil is a derivative of petroleum that clogs pores, locks in toxins, suffocates and dries skin and inhibits your skins natural oil production, further increasing dehydration. It has been shown to cause testicular tumors in the fetus, deposits accumulate in the lymph nodes and prevent absorption of vitamin A from the intestines. Mineral oil is put in blush, baby oil, lotions, foundation and creams.
Olestra is an additive that attaches to valuable nutrients and flushes them out of the body before your body can digest them. Some of these nutrients, called carotenoids, appear to protect us from such diseases as lung cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease, and macular degeneration. Olestra replaces fats in ‘fat-free’ foods and should be avoided at all costs.
78. Padimate-O (PABA)
Nitrosamines, potent carcinogens, may form in products that contain Padimate-O. There is no way of knowing if they have formed. PABA is found in cosmetics and sunscreens.
Paraffin is a possible carcinogen that is found in cosmetics and many foods and candies.
80. Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)
Polybrominated diphenyl ether is a toxic flame retardant, used in baby bedding and many mattresses to protect beds from catching on fire quickly. The residue of PBDE is found in mothers’ breast milk and can cause disease in humans.
81. PEG Stearate
PEG Stearate breaks down into chemicals linked to cancer and other significant health problems. It’s often used in cosmetics, creams and foods.
82. PEG (Polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, polyoxyethylene, oxynol: any ethoxylated compound, including SLES)
May contain ¼-dioxane which is a possible carcinogen, estrogen mimic and endocrine disruptor. Avoid all ethyoxylated products as a precaution. It’s put in many foods and body products.
83. PEG-12 Distearate
May contain harmful impurities or form toxic breakdown products linked to cancer or other significant health problems. Found in creams, lotions, cosmetics and foods.
84. PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate
May contain harmful impurities or form toxic breakdown products linked to cancer or other significant health problems, gastrointestinal or liver toxicity hazards. Found in cosmetics, creams, lotions and foods.
May contain harmful impurities or form toxic breakdown products linked to cancer or other significant health problems. Found in foods, lotions, creams and cosmetics.
86. Petroleum (Petrolatum)
Suffocates skin and traps toxins in body, clogs pores. Found in lotions, skin creams, and body jelly.
87. PFOA or C8
Used when processing polytetrafluroroethylene (PTFE) or Teflon. This toxic chemical remains in animals and humans for indefinite periods.
Perflurooctanotane sulfonate. A fluorocarbon used in producing repellents and surfactant products, like stain resistant fabric.
Possible connection to reproductive or developmental harm to fetus, potential for reduced fertility, classified as toxic and an irritant, potential risks to wildlife and environment through excretion of body product toxins and disposal of cosmetics.
Polypropylene is a carcinogen found in lipstick, mascara, baby soap, and eye shadow.
Polyscorbate-60 is used in cosmetics and can cause chemical pneumonitis .
May contain harmful impurities or form toxic breakdown products linked to cancer or other significant health problems. Found in body products.
93. Potassium Bromate
An additive that increases the volume and crumb of bread, is banned worldwide except in the U.S. and Japan. Considered carcinogenic.
94. p-Phenylenediamine (PPD)
Very toxic substance, used in hair dyeing, shampoo’s and hair spray. Highly carcinogenic, developmental and reproductive toxicity, it is allergenic and can cause skin irritation issues.
Potential breast cancer risk and endocrine disruptor raising concern for impaired fertility or development, and increased risk for certain cancers, itching burning and blistering of skin, gastrointestinal or liver toxicity hazard. A close cousin of benzoic acid: poisonous and moderately toxic. Found in body products.
96. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
When produced or burned, this common plastic releases dioxins, may cause cancer, affect immune and reproductive systems.
97. Quaternium-7, 15, 31, 60 etc.
Toxic, causes skin rashes and allergic reactions. Formaldehyde releasers. Substantive evidence of casual relation to leukemia, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other cancers. Found in body products.
98. Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate
Potentially contaminated with or breaking down into chemicals linked to cancer or other significant health problems. Found in facial moisturizer, facial cleanser, facial treatments, skin fading and lightening products, anti-aging products, eye makeup remover, concealer, makeup remover, around eye cream, acne treatment, shampoo, conditioner, styling lotion and gel, styling mousse and foam, hair spray, hair relaxer, tanning oil and sunscreen, after tanning products, body cleanser and wash, body exfoliants, body firming lotion, baby soap, baby lotion, baby wipes, baby bubble bath, pain and wound products, hand sanitizer.
99. Sodium Nitrite
Makes meat look red rather than gray, and gives meat an overly long shelf life of months. Clinically proven to cause leukemia, brain tumors and other forms of cancer.
100. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
Builds up in heart, lungs, brain and liver from skin contact and may cause damage to these organs. Corrodes hair follicles and may cause hair to fall out. Damages immune system. Contain endocrine disruptors and estrogen mimics. Impairs proper structural formation of young eyes. May contain carcinogenic nitrosamines. This is a detergent derived from coconut oil and may be labeled natural or even organic. Found in toothpaste, soap, shampoo, body wash, bubble bath, facial cleansers.
101. SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate)
Ether mixtures may contain carcinogenic nitrosamines. Avoid ethoxylated compounds as a precaution. May form 1.4 dioxane, a potential carcinogen, endocrine disruptor and estrogen mimic. Allows other chemicals to penetrate skin more deeply and enter bloodstream. May cause hair loss when applied to scalp. Found in shampoo, toothpaste, bubble bath, body wash, soap.
102. Stearalkonium Chloride
Toxic and causes allergic reactions. Used in hair conditioners.
Carcinogenic when inhaled, may result in fallopian tube fibrosis. Found in blush, condoms, baby powder, feminine powders, foot and body powders.
At one time in most vaccines for children. Still believed to be in many vaccines. This form of organic mercury, functions as a preservative. It is highly toxic as it metabolizes into methylmercury.
105. TEA: Tea, Triethanolamine
Triethanolamine causes allergic reactions including eye problems, dryness of hair and skin, and could be toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time. These chemicals are already restricted in Europe due to known carcinogenic effects (although still in use in the U.S.)
Repeated skin applications of DEA-based detergents resulted in a major increase in the incidence of liver and kidney cancer. Found in shampoos, skin cream, bubble bath, shaving gel, conditioner, lotions.
Poison to humans. Hallucinations, bone marrow changes, may cause liver and kidney damage and birth defects, endocrine disruptor and potential carcinogen linked to brain cancer. Irritates respiratory tract. Found in nail polish and cleaning products.
Found in a lot of antimicrobial soaps and toothpaste products, it can react with chlorine in the tap water to create Chloroform. This is a toxic chemical that can give you cancer. If you breathe enough chloroform, you will die. When you wash your hands with antibacterial soap that contains Triclosan, you are getting the fumes emitted from this chemical reaction.
108. Vinyl chloride
Used to create PVC (polyvinyl chloride) a known carcinogen. Often found in toys. Children chewing on toys can release toxins into their bodies. * see PVC
109. Zinc Stearate
Carcinogen. Found in blush and powder foundation
A note about food additives and toxins in the food supply:
Most of these chemicals are not eliminated by food processing plant cleaning or chemical cleansing techniques. Even though food companies will often claim that these chemicals are GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe), they are not safe!
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