The Top 20 Chemicals in your Food that are Silently Killing you

Lots of foods that are considered healthy and labeled “natural” are severely dangerous to your health when consumed. By eating them, you are risking your life, whether that be within the next few months or the next ten years, depending on your current health. This is because of the chemicals that are placed in them.

If this is the first time something like this has been brought to your attention, perhaps your thinking, how bad could they really be? Well, brace yourself my dears, because you will be shell-shocked to find out that this stuff is allowed to put into your foods, that you then eat it, letting them go into your body.

So why do food some companies do this? Well let’s keep it straight, their main goal is one thing and one thing only, and that is to make as much money as possible. They do that by creating and producing things cheaply and selling lots of them. These chemicals can be used as flavor enhancers and food preservatives for example, and are often disguised under unrecognizable, and sometimes misleading names, doesn’t that sound fishy already?

Another downside is that the number of processed foods massively outnumbers the amount of unadulterated foods that are available today. The reason this has happened is because the food industry within the last 100 years, has advanced hugely. These processed foods include the likes of canned foods, frozen foods, boxed foods, and I use the term “food” lightly, because realistically they are NOT food. In fact, 3/4 of the supermarket’s shelves are stocked with them today. No wonder we find it hard to get them off our minds when they are never endlessly being thrust in our faces.



So let’s get down to the statistics. Even though we will only be reviewing 20 chemicals that are used in the foods you consume daily, there are much more out there. In fact, there are over 3,000 chemicals purposely penetrated into our food supply. But do not let this overwhelm you, because you do not have to consume them, but you will need to put in effort to accomplish this. The first step is to do exactly what you are doing right now, reading this, educating yourself about the entire process, and knowing about the effects that they will have to you and your loved one’s bodies.

So let’s have a look at the. Below are the 20 chemicals we have decided to analyze for humanities benefit- its time to wake up people.


Sodium nitrate and nitrite

These chemicals have been used for centuries to preserve meat. Nitrate itself is, in fact, harmless, but the issues lie with nitrite, which nitrate converts into nitrite when it is combined with secondary amines compounds from nitrosamines. This chemical reaction can easily occur during the frying process of the meat. Nitrosamines, when in the body, can promote cancer growth. So I’m sure you’re asking which food contains these chemicals, and they are deli meats, hot dogs, bacon and the alike.

This process is of course even affecting kids. A study from 2009 found that children who consumed cured fish or meats more than once a week had an astonishing 74% higher risk of having leukemia compared to children who rarely ate those foods. Obviously, it is best that you stay away from these foods, period. However, if you are a lover of them, then it’s best to take baby steps, and slowly but surely cutting down on them. To begin with, you should not eat these types of foods more than three times a week.



Since eggs yolks don’t always turn out the yellow people expect them to be, the manufacturers then use this chemical, canthaxanthin, to make their pigment more palatable. This is only how they will sell the eggs, and thus make money. The problem is canthaxanthin causes retinal damage.




Ethylene is a natural hormone that ripens fruit. However certain manufacturers and producers do not want this, and as a result, 1-methylcyclopropene, which is a gas, gets pumped into crates of apples so that they don’t produce the hormone. It is also known as SmartFresh, and it preserves bananas for a month and apples for up to a year. This process is also used on grapes, only with sulfur dioxide instead.



This chemical has been known to turn up not only when the police are trying to control rioters, but also in some of your favorite foods and meals. Lucky you, right? Wrong. 8-methyl-N-vannillyl-6-nonenamide causes indigestion, excessive sweating, and burning sensations. Chefs have even been known to add it to curry and kebabs. At least now you know why you are getting those reactions after you eat the food.



Spoilt for choice with this baddie, as there is not one, but two deadly poisons here. NaCl is commonly used on salty snacks, such as chips, crisps, and nuts. It was also used as a chemical warfare agent in the First World War.


Denatured protein

When proteins are misfolded and then consumed, the consequences can be dreadful. This is because they can cause CJD, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s. Just to give you an example of when this process can occur, well it can all start from when you begin to fry your egg.



Sold commercially as NutraSweet and Equal, Aspartame is a sugar substitute. This chemical contains two amino acids, and one of them is Phenylalanine. We now know that one out of every 20,000 babies is born without the ability to metabolize this amino acid. Therefore it is not recommended for infants or pregnant women.


High-Fructose corn syrup

This sweetener raises blood levels of triglyceride fats and cholesterol, while speeding up the aging process and making your blood cells more prone to clotting. The amount of hidden fructose in processed foods is huge, and this is probably because it preserves freshness while maintaining moisture. Therefore it should be no surprise to you that it has been named as one of the causative factors in heart disease today.


Polysorbate 60

Widely used in the food industry, Polysorbate 60- also known as polyoxyethylene- (20)- sorbitan monostearate, is an emulsifier. It is a gooey mix made up of petroleum, corn and palm oil. It often replaces liquid products and dairy products in baked goods.


BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene

Listed in 2005 by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” on the basis of studies that were implemented on animals. Used in embalming fluid, rubber petroleum products, jet fuels and transformer oil, it is also put in edible foods to prevent oxidation. It is known to cause harm to aquatic organisms and liver damage. Why is this stuff being put in our foods?



Crustaceans cause wild salmon to have pink flesh. And since farmed salmon’s diet does not include this, astaxanthin is added to their diets instead so that it looks like it came from fresh out of the water. This chemical is manufactured from coal tar, and 90% of supermarkets stock salmon that has come from those types of farms.


BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole

This chemical is added to foods to prevent them from spoiling. That’s why you will find BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole) in practically every processed food that has a long shelf life. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has given it a GRAS (generally regained as safe) status. However, it has raised concerns as it’s been shown to cause cancer in animals, therefore, could well be carcinogenic to humans. If you don’t want to consume this chemical, then a good start would be to minus the amount of oil containing processed foods you are eating, as it will be contained within them.


Benzoic acid/sodium benzoate

These preservatives are often used in lots of different foods. From milk and meat products to drinks and low sugar products. They have been known to cause asthma attacks headaches, stomach upset and hyper activity in children when digested. Benzoic acid/sodium benzoate temporarily inhibits the proper functioning of digestive enzymes.



Even though there were dozens of objections by researchers, the FSA approved this fake fat so that it could be used in snack foods. Olestra, even at small doses has been known to gastrointestinal problems and anal leakage. It inhibits our ability to absorb vitamins from fruits and vegetables, which can then lead to heart disease and cancer.


Monosodium glutamate (MSG)

You may have already heard of “Chinese restaurant syndrome.” The term comes from the fact that MSG was used a lot in Chinese foods and products, as it is a flavor enhancer. It is also added to some meats, soups, and vegetables. Even though a proportion of the population experience adverse reactions when they consume MSG, such as having an increased appetite and migraines it has officially been recognized as a safe food, as long as its eaten in small quantities. However, it is still required to be labeled whenever it is added to any food.



Most of us know to avoid any foods that have E numbers on them. However very few of us are aware of what they do exactly. Most of them are not healthy and should not be consumed by any human, and E290 is no different. It may even be the worse of the lot. There is a massive amount of scientific literature, which states that the chemical has a very harmful effect on our environment. But regardless they still put it in homemade cakes, fizzy drinks, and bread.


Potassium bromate

This chemical increases volume in rolls, white flour, and bread, so you know certain food manufacturers love it. However, California does require that any food that contains it as an ingredient, to have a warning label on the product. This is probably due to the fact that it is known to cause cancer. Even small amounts of bread are extremely dangerous when consumed by humans.



Now, this is a little bit different to what we’ve been discussing, as you don’t eat it, but you could be eating out of it, which is alarming in itself. In fact, if you have green glassware, there is a chance that it could contain Uranium. Its glows in the dark and is extremely toxic, and no human should be near it without protective gear, never mind using it to help them consume food products.


Artificial flavors

These chemicals show up in almost every type of processed food available today. This is quite shocking, as artificial flavors offer no nutritional value whatsoever. There are even known as the makers of processed food, which is just sad the fact that our society has reached this low in our desperation trying to escape through food, or just simply being used as pawns so people can generate money from us. In fact, this additive is so dangerous that it has to be known to even cause changes in behavior. So definitely watch out for it. It can be found in foods such as bread, soup mixes, imitation vanilla flavors and the alike. FYI, it is made from paper mill waste and petroleum. Just lovely.

Propylene glycol alginate (E405)

Derived from alginic acid esterified and combined with propylene glycol, Propylene glycol alginate (E405) is an emulsifier, thickener, and stabilizer. This food additive is also used for industrial purposes such as airport runway deicers and automotive antifreeze. Therefore it obviously makes perfect sense that it should be put in foods, right?

After having read through the list, which chemicals in your food do you find most shocking? Have I left any out? Let me know in the comments below.

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