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Yum…Carpet Flame Retardant!

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Some dangerous chemicals could be in your diet.
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Does it matter that you might be ingesting poison and cancer-causing chemicals every day?  Because our government doesn’t ban these toxins, you might be – without even knowing it. There are five ingredients that are banned by other countries but, oddly, not by the United States.

Go ahead…eat some more azodicarbonamide and brominated vegetable oil.  Um…if you can’t pronounce them, it might be worth another look at their safety.  How about potassium bromate or Olestra?  Arsenic…pretty sure that one is poison.

Let’s take a closer look. Azodicarbonamide is one ingredient, found in frozen dinners, boxed pastas, bread, and packaged baked goods. This one is used to bleach flour and yoga mats (interesting multi-purposes.) But, it’s also known to induce asthma and is banned in Australia, the U.K. and most European nations.

Brominated vegetable oil can be found in sports drinks and citrus-flavored sodas.  Yet, it is also used in carpets to make them flame retardant.  According to studies, BVO can build up in human tissue over time.  It has also been linked to hearing loss, schizophrenia, growth problems, birth defects, and major organ damage. Brominated vegetable oil is banned in over 100 countries—but not the U.S.

Another one we don’t ban is potassium bromate. This one is used in baked goods to save time and money.  The danger is that it causes cancer, nervous system damage and kidney damage. It’s banned in Canada, Europe, and China.

When Olestra first came out, people were excited because, when used in foods, it blocked some of the fat from being digested.  However, due to that fact, it stopped vitamins from getting absorbed as well.  It even led to intense cramping and anal leakage…seriously.  Canada and the U.K. have banned it.

Arsenic is known poison which makes chicken meat look pinker.  Enough said.

Last, but not least, we have artificial colors.  These dyes, which are widely used in children’s foods to make them more attractive, come from petroleum. Food coloring is linked to brain cancer, ADHD, and nervous system damage just to name a few. These artificial dyes are banned in the U.K., France, Austria, Finland, and Norway.

This “PSA” is letting you know because… “The more you know…”


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