In these times, everything moves at a very fast pace. It is undeniably true that even the most important part of our life is put aside just to cope up with our daily jobs and other errands. That important activity is eating our daily FOOD.
Whatever we do, our bodies need energy to accomplish things. Energy can easily be obtained through food. A substantial amount of energy can be gained from healthy foods; yet, foods with contaminants can reverse their effect when consumed.
Have you ever taken notice of the ingredients of the products you consume every day? Though we can read the nutritional facts at the back of the packaging, are we fully aware of the particular ingredients which can cause us harm? Even the products we use for work, how sure can we be if they do not contain any toxins?
To help you with the daily challenge of finding and choosing the right kinds of food, here are the 9 harmful chemicals we come across on a daily basis:
It can be described as a white crystalline powder which is about 300 times sweeter than the regular sugar and also contains NO CALORIES. It is commonly found in soft drinks, fruit juices, chewing gum, mouthwash, toothpaste, and pharmaceuticals. In lab tests, it was proven to cause bladder cancer in mice, and thus, was listed in the National Institute of Health’s carcinogen list.
Like saccharin, aspartame is also used as an artificial sweetener and is a combination of two amino acids – phenylalanine and aspartic acid. Likewise, it has NO calories but is 200 times sweeter than regular sugar. Three large independent studies have found a link between aspartame and cancer. Others have also found a link between aspartame and brain damage.
3. Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
PCBS are man-made organic chemicals which consist of carbon, hydrogen and chlorine atoms. These can be found on electrical products, plasticizers in paints and other industrial products. PCBs were banned since 1979 but there are still products tested containing these chemicals which are linked to diseases such as cancer.
Polystyrene is used to make hard or solid plastic products which often need a clear façade such as food packaging and laboratory ware. It can also be found on appliances, electronics, automobile parts, toys and more. This chemical ranked 5th in the EPA’s 1980s’ chemical list whose production creates the most hazardous waste.
5. Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT)
This is a synthetic chemical compound which was once widely used in the world as a pesticide. Its efficacy towards destroying living things which are harmful to plants and animals have been truly disastrous. However, its danger now already encompasses the environment and human health. It has been tested that DDT can damage the nervous system of the human body and can cause damage to the liver.
This is a group of chemically-related compounds that are Persistent Environmental Pollutants (POPs). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 90% of human exposure is through food, mainly meat and dairy products, fish and shellfish. This is due to the fact that dioxins are accumulated in the food chain by living things. Dioxins are highly toxic and can cause problems in the reproductive and developmental functions of the body. It can also damage the immune system and interfere with hormones, thus potentially causing cancer.
7. Agent Orange
This chemical was used in the US as an herbicide (plant-killing chemical) but was then used as Vietnam War’s weapons. It was sprayed over Vietnam and Laos to remove forest cover, destroy crops, and clear vegetation. Also, it caused birth defects in millions of people whose traces are still being found today.
8. Petroleum-based Fertilizers
Fertilizers are used to nourish food crops. However, in 1955, it has been known that fertilizers made from petroleum incredibly damaged the soil and the natural organisms which are essential for the health of the crops.
Roundup is a glyphosate-based pesticide which has been controversial because of its known link to cancer. Also, it was then identified as a “probable human carcinogen” by the Food and Drug Administration.
These are just a few of the harmful effects you might encounter when you consume these chemicals/compounds every day. It is good to adapt to rapid changes in the world. However, it is not okay to risk or compromise your health on the results of those rapid changes, specifically from processed foods and products. Health is wealth, so take care of it!