What You’re Really Eating (this is kinda gross)

WARNING: THIS IS GROSS, BUT YOU NEED TO KNOW IT.

Before the first detox in September I told you about pink slime; the unsightly chunks of sinew, cartilage, bone, fascia and other musculoskeletal system innards that are tossed into a centrifuge and end up in YOUR food.

Many people after learning about the pink slime swore off beef.fear

But it’s not that easy.

You see there is PLENTY of gross stuff in all kinds of processed foods.

For instance:

Flame Retardant–Laced Soda -The toxic flame retardant chemical brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, was initially used to keep plastics from catching on fire.

Scientists have linked too much BVO to bromide poisoning symptoms like skin lesions, memory loss, and nerve disorders.

For decades, the food industry has been adding it to certain sodas, juices, and sports drinks to keep the artificial flavoring chemicals from separating from the rest of the liquids.

Paint Chemical in Salad Dressing -Titanium dioxide is a component of the metallic element titanium, a mined substance that is sometimes contaminated with toxic lead.

The food industry adds it to hundreds of products to make dingy, overly processed items appear whiter.

Commonly used in paints and sunscreens, big food corporations add it to lots of things we eat too, including processed salad dressing, coffee creamers, and icing.

Brain-Frying Fake Food Dyes -Many artificial food dyes found in hundreds of everyday foods are made from petroleum-derived materials.

Orange and purple food dyes have been shown to impair brain function, while other dyes have been linked to ADHD and behavioral problems in kids and brain cell toxicity.

Dyes are used in cereals and candy to make them more “fun” for kids, in pickles to make them appear fresher, and in place of actual real ingredients in a variety of foods.

Crushed Bugs -Carmine, a bright red food colorant, is actually the crushed abdomen of the female Dactylopius coccus, an African beetle-like insect.

Look for it in red candies and red-tinted yogurts and juices (particularly ruby red juices)—it’s often listed as carmine, crimson lake, cochineal, or natural red #4 on ingredient labels.

Shellac -Candy lovers, cover your eyes: pretty, shiny treats like jelly beans come at a price. They’re often coated with shellac, a sticky substance derived from secretions of the female Kerria lacca, an insect native to Thailand.

Shellac makes jelly beans, candy corn, and other hard-coated candy look shiny. It may be called a “confectioner’s glaze” on the packaging.

Once again, the secrets are out: Big food manufacturers do NOT have your best health in mind when they create all these processed “goodies” the typical North American diet is loaded with.

You deserve better than to eat products laced with secret ingredients you’d never eat if you knew better. Well now you do.

To find out what else you may be eating without even knowing it, and to help rid your body of the harmful toxins that come with it, join us in our 21-Day Detox Challenge.