DANGEROUS TOXIC SUBSTANCES COME FROM FOOD

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DANGEROUS TOXIC SUBSTANCES COME FROM FOOD
« on: March 27, 2019, 12:44:59 PM »
DANGEROUS TOXIC SUBSTANCES COME FROM FOOD

1. Pesticides
•   Used to raise products, these poisons often leave behind residues. They've been linked to everything from cancer to birth defects.
•   Solution: Organic foods are required to be synthetic pesticide-free.

2. BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole) & BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene)
•   These common processed food preservatives have been declared carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. They’re also accused of disrupting hormones and impacting male fertility.
•   Solution: Check ingredient lists to avoid.

3. Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH/rBST)
•   Given to cows to increase milk production, rGBH produces elevated levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) in dairy products. IGF-1 is a significant factor in breast, prostate and colon cancers.
•   Solution: Choose organic or rBGH-free dairy products.

4. Sodium Aluminum Sulphate and Potassium Aluminum Sulphate
•   Used in processed cheese products, baked goods, and microwave popcorn, among other packaged goods, these ingredients are linked to adverse reproductive, neurological & behavioral effects.
•   Solution: Read ingredient lists to avoid this toxin.

5. Bisphenol-A (BPA)
•   Found in food and beverage can linings, this hormone-mimicker is suspected of promoting breast and prostate cancer, reproductive and behavioral problems, obesity, and diabetes.
•   Solution: Avoid canned foods. Choose fresh, dried, or frozen instead.

6. Sodium Nitrite/Nitrate
•   Used in deli foods like processed meats, these preservatives are linked to many types of cancer. Beware of “uncured” and “no added nitrites/nitrates” products. They often use celery juice instead, which is high in nitrates.
•   Solution: Read ingredient lists to avoid this toxin.

7. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons
•   These carcinogens are created when fat is burned—by flames or very high heat.
•   Solution: Pre-cook grillables and finish over low flame.

8. Heterocyclic Amines
•   These carcinogens form when natural substances found in meats and fish react together in high temperatures like those found during grilling.
•   Solution: Pre-cook grillables and finish over low flame.

9. Acrylamide
•   Formed by cooking or frying starchy foods like potatoes and grains at high temperatures, acrylamide is a carcinogen.
•   Solution: Avoid fried foods, snack chips, crackers, toasted cereals, cookies, and bread crusts.

10. Brominated Vegetable Oil
•   Used in fruit-flavored drinks and sodas, animal studies found high doses of this toxin led to reproductive and behavioral problems.
•   Solution: Check ingredients listings.

11. Artificial Food Coloring/Dyes 
•   These ubiquitous chemicals have been linked to neurological disorders like ADHD.
•   Solution: Read ingredient lists to avoid.

12. Dioxins
•   These highly toxic pollutants accumulate in fatty foods and are linked to cancer, liver damage, birth defects, and endocrine and immune disruption.
•   Solution: Choose low- or no-fat foods.
Farhana Israt Jahan
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Pharmacy