To date, the FDA has approved more than 70,000 different food additives – everything from artificial ingredients to all-natural ones to genetically modified ones. Some are even classified as “GRAS” – generally recognized as safe.
Besides food additives, the FDA has also approved countless cosmetic and personal care product chemicals with virtually no regulation – chemicals that are readily absorbed through your skin and directly into your bloodstream.
When you see phrases on food labels like “as a preservative” and “to preserve freshness,” what it really means is that there are chemicals working to prevent mold and fungus from growing in order to extend the product’s shelf life.
In addition to killing mold and fungus, though, those chemicals and additives eat through the protective protein covering on your own cells, which cuts off their oxygen supply in a similar way to the way cancer cells work.
Some of the worst offenders when it comes to harmful food additives include: sodium benzoate, BHA, and BHT (these will wreak havoc on your immune system), additives found in gelatin (basically, whatever animal parts weren’t good enough to make it into the store), food coloring (like coal-tar based dyes), MSG, and artificial sweeteners like Aspartame.