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 Chemicals in Foods
on the Grocery Shelf

We all know chemicals are there - in every product we buy from the store. But, do we know what they are called on the common label?

How many of us read the labels? It is overwhelming and often easier to just be ignorant of what artificial stuff is in that food. For the last 50 years manufacturers have relied on our apathetic attitude to make a profit in the name of nutrition and convenience.

Try buying organic and cooking yourself. The life you improve may be your own.


Over 1,000 New Chemicals Introduced Every Year - What This Means For You and Your Family


By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Monika_Benoit]Monika Benoit

We live in an environment unlike any other in human history. We are surrounded by hundreds of thousands of man made chemicals and thousands more are introduced into our environment and our food chain each year. The potential for harm is staggering - it comes from the food we eat, our skin care products, insect repellents, carpeting, plastics used in everything from our homes to baby bottles. The constant barrage of information we receive from the media can be misleading and confusing and the goal of this article is to help you find and use safer options for you and your family, and explain why it's worth the time to do so. Luckily learning to choose which ingredients to look for and which to avoid is easier than you think!

Cleaning Your Home: Surprisingly simple products like baking soda or vinegar can be an incredibly effective cleaners and are much safer than commercially prepared cleaners that contain synthetic ingredients - and they are much cheaper than even the new so-called Green cleaners put out by big corporations looking to profit off the steadily growing demographic of consumers who are becoming more aware of the effects of harmful chemicals. When scanning the grocery store aisles for cleaning products keep your eyes peeled for warning labels - these are obvious tip offs that a products has safety issues. A warning, caution or danger label is typically not voluntary - they are placed on a product only when required by a government safety regulation usually after the product has already caused harm. It is likely one or more of the ingredients, in products with warning labels, has already caused serious injury or death. Once you accustom your "antennae" to spotting caution labels, and after reading the safety concerns, you may decide to find another product with safer ingredients. Even with warning labels people falsely assume that because these common household products are readily available for purchase "they must be safe" for regular use. This is simply not true.

The following is a list of ingredients commonly found in baby products, personal products and processed foods to make products more convenient to use, better looking, smelling or tasting, and less likely to spoil (longer shelf life). It is your right to know that each and every one of these chemicals has a known or suspected health or safety concern. I recommend printing the following list and taking it with you when you shop. Childhood leukemia, brain tumors, learning disabilities, brain damage, depression, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and asthma are among the health problems that have been linked to early childhood exposure to these common household chemicals.

Ingredients to Avoid (or minimize)

BHA, BHT sodium benzoate/nitrate/nitrites commonly known as artificial preservatives
 

cocmide DEA

cocmidoproply betaine

disodium or tetrasodium EDTA

dimethicon(e) also known as dimethiconol

FD&C or D&C colors

flouride

fragrance, perfume known as parfum, aroma, flavor, scent

hydantoin (MDM or DMDM) known as formaldehyde, formalin

isopropyl, butyl, benzyl, stearyl or SD-40 alcohols

MEA, DEA or TEA known as ethanolamine, mono-, di- or triethanolamine

methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben often called methylparahydroxybenzoate

minreal oil, petrolatum, petroleum jelly

MSG is monosodium glutamate known as natural flavoring

PEG and PG known as polythylene glycol, propylene glycol and propylenglycolum

quaternium-15 or polyquaternium a.k.a methenamine

SLS, ALS (sodium or ammonium lauryl sulfate) a.k.a laureth, laurel (SLES)

sodium borate, tretraborate a.k.a boric acid

talc a.k.a talcum powder

triclosan a.k.a antibacterial

urea(s) with prefixes a.k.a midazolidinyl

artificial flavors a.k.a flavor

artificial sweetners like aspartame, sucralose labeled as sugar-free, reduced sugar

Most ingredients in home and personal care products are not tested for safety and do not have warning labels even though they may contain ingredients that cause harm. Do your part by being proactive and stay away from chemicals like these.

You and your family may benefit from the tips and resources available at http://www.healingwithmonika.com For weekly update on how to avoid unnecessary exposure to synthetic chemicals visit http://livingbetterwithfewerchemicals.blogspot.com

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Monika_Benoit http://EzineArticles.com/?Over-1,000-New-Chemicals-Introduced-Every-Year---What-This-Means-For-You-and-Your-Family&id=1970125


Since most of these additives can cause an allergic reaction, you may want to keep track of what you are ingesting besides food. If your makeup causes a rash, read the label and find something that does not contain those additives.  If you break out in hives after eating a certain prepared food, check the label to see what you need to avoid.

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