In 1938 federal law mandated that if a substance is found to cause cancer in humans or animals, it cannot be used as a food additive. Eighty years later (2018), the FDA is still de-listing synthetic compounds from its artificial food additives list which are known to cause cancer in animals, thanks to the efforts of consumer advocates. These six carcinogenic chemicals: benzophenone, ethyl acrylate, methyl eugenol, myrcene, pulegone, and pyridine, which all mimic flavors found in nature, will be phased out as artificial flavors over the next two years.
Who to Thank
Advocates for this consumer safety issue are: Natural Resources Defense Council, the Center for Food Safety, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest. They did a great job lobbying for the removal of these six toxic chemicals from the American food supply, with more deletions in the future, hopefully.
This chemical has a sweet fruity aroma and is a UV blocker. It has been removed as an artificial flavor, but this is still used in sunscreen, skincare products, and plastics. It also goes by the name oxybenzone. It is easily absorbed into the skin and highly toxic.
In the manufacturing plant, when working with this fruity flavored chemical (and all hazardous flavorings) protective gear is required: “Eyeshield, faceshield, full-face respirator, and gloves.”1 It is devastating to see what is allowed in the food and water supply!
This chemical has a spicy flavor much like clove and nutmeg and was often used in essential oils as an artificial ingredient. Candy and gum are the main places where this ingredient is commonly used.
Cannabis contains the terpene myrcene. This chemical is used in making mint flavors. The linked Sigma Aldrich site gives safety data for each of these artificial flavors.
Another hazardous mint flavored chemical recently banned as an artificial flavor.
This toxic chemical imparts the popular sour flavor to candies. Children are at risk the most with this toxic chemical.
Now that these specific chemicals are being phased out over the next two years, be assured that food manufacturers will be looking for other chemicals to replace them. Be aware, and for safety’s sake, avoid buying food items with labels stating artificial flavors and colors.
Artificial Sweetener Hazards
An eleven year study with 80,000 women released in 2019 completely verifies this devastating fact:
“Higher intake of artificially sweetened beverages (ASB) was associated with increased risk of stroke, particularly small artery occlusion subtype, coronary heart disease, and all-cause mortality. Although requiring replication, these new findings add to the potentially harmful association of consuming high quantities of ASB with these health outcomes.”
Those consuming two artificially sweetened beverages per day averaged a thirty percent increase of stroke. Time to consider stopping the consumption of all artificial sweeteners, flavors, and colors.
Detoxing is essential for cleansing hazardous chemical accumulations! It might be time to cleanse these and other toxic chemicals out of your body. See the Detox section for great ideas. Thrival Nutrients available in our Store is a nice gentle herbal detox supplement ideal for long-term detoxing.