I’m sure most of us are aware of the Dirty Dozen, the most pesticide-laden and fruits and vegetables as well as the Clean Fifteen, the fruits and vegetables you could get away with buying conventional. Did you know there is a list of food additives that is best to avoid also? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) now has a Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives that can clog up what we are eating. They include:
- Nitrates and Nitrites
- Potassium Bromate
- Propyl Paraben
- Butylated Hydroxyanisole
- Butylated Hydroxytoluene
- Propl Gallate
- Secret Flavor Ingredients
- Artificial Colors
- Phosphate Food Additives
- Aluminum Additives
Some of these are downright frightening, but personally, you may be hard pressed to tear me away from my cured meats.
In addition to recent reports that triclosan, an antimicrobial commonly found in a wide variety of household products including soaps, shampoos, and toothpastes, can disrupt hormones and impair muscle contraction, researchers at the UCSD School of Medicine recently published a study that shows triclosan causes liver fibrosis and cancer in lab mice through molecular mechanisms that are also pertinent in humans.
Here is yet another chapter in the ongoing saga regarding the controversial MMR vaccine. Also in somewhat related news, Natural News tested various flu shots and found them to include mercury.
Finally, just in time for Thanksgiving, scientists believe the bacteria in our gut affect our food cravings.