Petroleum is a yellow liquid that is extracted from certain rocks which contains hydrocarbons. From refined petroleum we get fuels like kerosene, gasoline and diesel oils.
But, refined petroleum has one more use, and it is in the food industry. More precisely, it is used as an additive and for various food colorings that can be found in drink, soda, mac and cheese, cake, candy and many other snacks. Some of the petroleum variations are red dye #40 and yellow dye #5.
Researchers found that the petroleum-based food colorings can cause:
- Allergic reactions
- Birth defects
- Organ damage
- Chromosomal damage
In 2009 and 2010 the British government and the EU have banned food dyes because they may also contain toxic substances. 90% of the dyes used in foods are Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6.
The executive director at CSPI, Michael Jacobson reported that these dyes are added even in fresh juices to give them a brighter color. Many researchers have found that: red 40 can cause tumors of the immune system in lab mice and can result in allergic reactions in hyperactive children; yellow 5 causes pretty much the same effects, plus is rich in cancer-causing substances that lead to organ damage; yellow 6 can cause adrenal tumors in animals and hypersensitivity in children.
Here are the five snacks you should avoid:
Pop tarts, even the frosted strawberry flavor, are rich in fructose corn syrup, dextrose and sugar, all of which have been connected to diabetes, sugar addiction and liver problems in children.
This snack also contains TBHQ that can trigger DNA damages in humans and cellular dysfunction, and when it was tested on lab animals it caused tumors, convulsions, loss of vision, neurotoxic effects, liver enlargement and paralysis.
Ironically, the fruit snacks that are advertised as healthy actually contain red 3, a color that is linked to thyroid tumors which is why it was banned for use in cosmetic products.
Besides Red 40, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6, M&Ms also contain Blue 2 – connected to brain and bladder tumors, and Blue 1 which negatively affects nerve cell development.
Cheetos contain various food coloring among which Yellow 6, plus artificial flavoring mix rich in highly toxic elements. The “Flamin’ Hot” variety was even reported to trigger abdominal distress, gastritis and addiction in both children and adults.
And last but not least, Teddy Grams. They are full of TBHQ, the reason why they may cause vomiting, nausea, anxiety delirium and stomach cancer.
Even though you can avoid consuming these snacks, the toxic ingredients we listed are also contained in shampoos, toothpastes, vitamin supplements, cough syrups, laundry detergents and hand cream. That’s why it is very important to read carefully the labels on the products.