A-Z Toxic Ingredients in Food

Stress-Relief1A-Z Toxic Ingredients in Food


This is a great article on the hidden toxins in food. My suggestion as always to my clients and students is to read labels – read labels – read labels.

Ever wonder what’s really in the food sold at grocery stores around the world? People keep asking, “What ingredients should I avoid?” So here is a short list that covers all the most toxic and disease-promoting ingredients in the food supply.

Toxic, cancer-causing chemicals formed in foods when carbohydrates are exposed to high heat (baking, frying, and grilling). They’re present in everything from bread crusts to snack chips, and because they aren’t intentional ingredients, acrylamides do NOT have to be listed on labels.

This is a Chemical sweetener that causes neurological disorders, seizures, blurred vision and migraine headaches.
Autolyzed Proteins
Highly processed form of protein containing free glutamate and used to mimic the taste-enhancer chemical MSG.

BPA (Bisphenol-A)
A hormone mimicking chemical found in nearly all food packaging plastics. Active in just parts per billion, BPA promotes cancer, infertility and hormone disorders. It also “feminizes” males, promoting male breast growth and hormone disruption

Milk proteins! Hilariously, this is widely used in “soy cheese” products that claim to be alternatives to cow’s milk. Nearly all of them are made with cow’s milk proteins.

Corn Syrup
This is just another name for High Fructose Corn Syrup (see below). Frequently used in infant formula

Food Colours
FD&C Red #40, for example, is linked to behavioural disorders in children. Nearly all artificial food colours are derived from petroleum, and many are contaminated with aluminium.

Genetically Modified Ingredients
Nearly all conventionally grown corn, soy and cotton are GMOs. They’re linked to severe infertility problems and may even cause the bacteria in your body to produce and release a pesticide in your own gut. If you’re not eating organic corn, you’re definitely eating GMO corn.

High Fructose Corn Syrup
A highly processed liquid sugar extracted with the chemical solvent glutaraldehyde and frequently contaminated with mercury It’s also linked to diabetes, obesity and mood disorders. Used in thousands of grocery items, including things you wouldn’t suspect like pizza sauce and salad dressings.

Homogenized Milk
The fats in the milk are artificially modified to change them into smaller molecules that stay in suspension in the milk liquid (so the milk fat doesn’t separate). While it makes milk look better on the shelf, it’s also blamed for promoting heart disease and may contribute to milk allergies. Raw milk is healthier, which is why the government had outlawed it.

When you see anything hydrochloride, such as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride or Thiamine Hydrochloride, those are chemical forms of B vitamins that companies add to their products to be able to claim higher RDA values of vitamins. But these are synthetic, chemical forms of vitamins, not real vitamins from foods or plants. Nutritionally, they are near-useless and may actually be bad for you. Also watch out for niacinamide and cyanocobalamin (synthetic vitamin B-12).

Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
This is a highly processed form of (usually) soy protein that’s processed to bring out the free glutamate (MSG). Used as a taste enhancer.

Partially Hydrogenated Oils
These are oils that are modified using a chemical catalyst to make them stable at room temperature. This creates trans fatty acids and greatly increases the risk of blocked arteries). It also promotes what should be termed as “sludge blood,” which is thick, viscous blood that’s hard to pump. This is usually diagnosed by doctors as “high blood pressure” and (stupidly) treated with blood-thinning medications that are technically the same chemicals as rat poison (warfarin)

Phosphoric Acid
The acid used in sodas to dissolve the carbon dioxide and add to the overall fizzy-ness of the soda. Phosphoric acid will eat steel nails. It’s also used by stone masons to etch rocks. The military uses it to clean the rust off battleships. It absolutely destroys tooth enamel. Search Google Images for “Mountain Dew Mouth” to see photos of teeth rotted out by phosphoric acid:

Propylene Glycol
A liquid used in the automotive industry to winterize RVs. It’s also used to make the fake blueberries you see in blueberry muffins, bagels and breads. (Combined with artificial colours and corn syrup.)

Sodium (Salt)
The processed white salt lacking in trace minerals. In the holistic nutrition industry, it is called “death salt” because it promotes disease. Real salt, on the other hand, such as “dirty” sea salt or pink Himalayan salt, is loaded with the trace minerals that prevent disease, such as selenium (cancer), chromium (diabetes) and zinc (infectious disease). Much like with bread and sugar, white salt is terrible for your health. And don’t be fooled by claims of “sea salt” in grocery stores. All salt came from the sea if you go far back enough in geologic time, so they can slap the “sea salt” claim on ANY salt!

Sodium Nitrite
A cancer-causing red colouring chemical added to bacon, hot dogs, sausage, beef jerky, ham, lunch meats, pepperoni and nearly all processed meats. Strongly linked to brain tumours, pancreatic cancers and colon cancers. The USDA once tried to ban it from the food supply but was out-manoeuvred by the meat industry, which now dominates USDA regulations. Sodium nitrite is a complete poison used to make meats look fresh. Countless children die of cancer each year from sodium nitrite-induced cancers.

Soy Protein
The No. 1 protein source used in “protein bars,” including many bars widely consumed by bodybuilders. Soy protein is the “junk protein” of the food industry. It’s made from genetically modified soybeans (often grown in China) and then subjected to hexane, a chemical solvent that can literally explode.

An artificial chemical sweetener sold as Splenda. The sucralose molecule contains a chlorine atom. Researchers have repeatedly found that artificial sweeteners make people fat by actually promoting weight gain

The bleached nutritionally deficient by product of can processing. During sugar cane processing, nearly all the minerals and vitamins end up in the blackstrap molasses that’s usually fed to farm animals. Blackstrap molasses is actually the ‘good’ part of sugar cane juice. Molasses is often fed to farm animals because every rancher knows that farm animals need good nutrition to stay alive. Amazingly, conventional doctors don’t yet realise this about humans, and they continue to claim that eating sugar is perfectly fine for you. Sugar promotes diabetes, obesity, mood disorders and nutritional deficiencies.

Textured Vegetable Protein
TVP is usually made of soy protein which is extracted from genetically modified soybeans and then processed using hexane, an explosive chemical solvent (see protein above). TVP is widely used in vegetarian foods such as veggie burgers (most of which also contain MSG or Yeast Extract by the way.

Yeast Extract
Hidden form of MSG that contains free glutamate and is used in many ‘natural foods’ products to claim NO MSG. Yeast extract contains up to 14% free glutamate. You’ll find it in thousands of grocery store products, from soups to snacks and crisps.

Food Label Tricks
Here’s a trick food companies frequently used to pack more sugar into their products without making sugar look like the first ingredient’. Ingredients labels, you see, must list the most prominent ingredients first, and some consumers might freak out of they saw a box of cereal that said ‘Sugar, whole grain wheat, corn’ and so on…. Instead the company uses 3 or 4 different forms of sugar to distribute them farther down the label like this:
‘Whole grain wheat, sugar, corn syrup, corn syrup solids…..this way, the first ingredient looks like ‘whole grain wheat’ when, in reality, the cereal might be over 50% sugars.

How to buy honest food!
Shop at your local farmer’s market, food co-op or natural food stores. Look for organic labels certified by the soil association. This is a legitimate claim to being certified organic. Read the Ingredients Labels. If you see names of chemical you cannot pronounce, don’t buy it. Buy more unprocessed food ingredients and make your own meals rather than buying ready-to-eat, processed foods, which are almost universally formulated with disease promoting ingredients. Grow some of your own food! The best food you can ever eat is food from your own garden.

USA Version of my bookIt’s important to remind yourself that each day we move towards health or sickness, make the choice to move towards health by eating natural unprocessed foods. In my book ‘Macrobiotics for all Seasons’ there are over 200 delicious recipes – Available on Amazon

In good health



  1. Its time the food manufacturers stopped trying to pull the wool over the public’s eyes and became completely open as to what they are putting in – but we know thats not likely to happen anytime soon! – so if we go back to basics – if its not packaged, hasnt been processed and looks vibrant – chances are its good for us.

    Thanks for your inspiration M

    🙂 xx

    • Never in modern history has there been such an interest in food and at the same time, such a lack of confidence in the basic quality of food it’s great to see some growth in the reduction of meat consumption and I continue my quest to make a contribution here in the U.K. The state of our health is how we see the world. Thanks Tracy for your efforts to share xx
      Luv M x

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