Friday, February 8, 2013


the deadly seven ingredients in grocery foods

We eat for good health, yet we are mostly eating food that promotes chronic diseases and may be death. 
Some of the ingredients found in food these days can be considered to be very toxic- such as MSG artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, preservatives, trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. 
There are endless ingredients at the supermarket but not everything belongs in our body.
STEVIA FLOWERS- photo credit-wikimedia commons
grocery TIPS from the organic consumers association
Link here   -Excerpt from Mike Adams in Organic Consumers on:
the deadly seven
‘Deadly seven” is the name he refers to some food ingredients, as they can directly promote heart disease, migraines, obesity, outrageous food cravings, osteoporosis, diabetes, arthritis and even birth defects.
Says he,
Dear consumers,
The top three most dangerous ingredients I've found in my research are:

1) Sodium nitritea color fixer chemical that can cause cancer, found in processed meats like hot dogs, b
acon, sausage. Used to make meats appear red.
2) Hydrogenated oils - Used to make oils stay in the food, extending shelf life. Sometimes also called "plastic fat”-  they can cause heart disease, nutritional deficiencies, general deterioration of cellular health, and much more.
Found in cookies, crackers, margarine and many "manufactured" foods.

3) Excitotoxins a chemical food flavoring- such as aspartame and monosodium glutamate (MSG
.). These neurotoxic chemical additives directly harm nerve cells, over-exciting them to the point of cell death.
They're found in diet soda, canned soup, salad dressing, breakfast sausage and even many manufactured vegetarian foods. They're used to add flavor to over-processed, boring foods that have had the life cooked out of them.
cookies-preservatives, artificial flavor and color
Mike Adams's tell-all book, written on the subject: "Grocery Warning." Link here
Based on thousands of hours of research, this book exposes the truth that food companies will never admit to and the mainstream media will never print (because they receive advertising funds from food companies, of course!). Examples:
-Feeding children hot dogs increases their risk of brain cancer by 300%?
Colors using dead beetles? yuks!!
-Strawberry yogurt, fruit punch and other red-looking grocery products are often colored with dead, ground-up cochineal beetles? The ingredient is called "carmine," and it's made from insects.
-Food companies now "hide" MSG in safe-sounding ingredients like yeast extract or torula yeast? Other hidden sources of MSG include:
Autolyzed vegetable protein . Hydrolyzed vegetable protein

Metabolic disruptors prevent your body from healing

He said nearly all modern diseases are caused by what he termed as  "metabolic disruptors." They are found in common ingredients, such as white flour and sugar and they prevent your body from healing.  
Metabolic disruptors are used most commercially prepared foods, which means most products on your grocer's shelves contribute to poor health
The longer the ingredients label, the less healthy the food.
Read those ingredients list, if you discover chemical names that you can't pronounce, don't buy the food!- Mike Adams the Health Ranger.
anything artificial
has no business in the body
I believe it  is not too difficult to memorize these chemical names that can be very toxic for the body, when consumed so often or in quantities above safe levels.  Once we remember the names, we can shop wisely and not deadly, for ourselves and our family.

Say, if i cook something, using preserved and frozen ingredients with artificial colorings- my dish will contain three baddies inside. Then, if during cooking, i personally add in a dash of MSG, it means i now have a total of four baddies in one meal. Think again, think of yesterday’s meals, think further… 
Where i am, food outlets commonly use MSG. When they used in excess, i can tell, I will get a headache after eating.
Further details from various sources-
1-artificial colors- example, Sodium nitrite can lead to allergies. The artificial colors of blue 1 and 2, green 3, red 3 and yellow 6 have been linked to thyroid, adrenal, bladder, kidney and brain cancers.
2-artificial flavors-  MSG, the ultimate flavor enhancer. High levels can have serious effect on brain chemistry. May increase risks of chest pains, heart palpitations and headaches. MSG brand examples- Ac'cent, Aji-No-Moto, and Vetsin.
3-artificial sweeteners- names like aspartame, saccharin, sucralose, cyclamine and acesulfame potassium etc are harder on our metabolic systems than plain old sugar

-Aspartame- found in brands like Equal and NutraSweet

-Sucralosein brand name Splenda and Kirkland

-Saccharin- brand names such as Necta Sweet, Sugar Twin and Sweet andLow –banned in Canada and some other countries
-Stevia (Rebaudioside A)- brand names like PureVia, Sun Crystals and Truvia. It is the steviol glycoside, one component of the stevia plant that provides sweetness.
In 2012 FDA posted a note on their website regarding crude Stevia plant: "FDA has not permitted the use of whole-leaf Stevia or crude Stevia extracts because these substances have not been approved for use as a food additive.

Link  here  Although stevia sounds like a miracle herb, some scientists are concerned that it may be a mutagen, meaning that it could cause cancer. 
Stevia has also been linked to reproductive malfunction. Some of these studies have been imperfectly performed, hence the need for more thorough analysis. 
Given the argument over this sweetener, it would appear that more controlled studies are needed.
-Acesulfame Potassium- found in brand Sunett
-Cyclamate – brand Assugrin- cyclamate is banned in the USA- may cause bladder cancer.
-Sorbitol/ Glucitol- side effects includes abdominal pain and intestinal difficulties.
4-trans fat- more like ‘the cholesterol-maker’. A risk for coronary heart disease. These fats also known as 'shortening' or 'hydrogenated', may help prolong the shelf life of most products  by raising levels of bad LDL cholesterol and lowering levels of "good" HDL cholesterol.
5-preservatives- example, Benzene is a known carcinogen that has been linked to serious thyroid damage.


  1. You're right...MSG and artificial sweeteners give me unbearable migraine!

    1. hi jasna, yes it's true, just one meal can cause migraine, the msg content must be alot. it is already in the preserved ingredients as weell during cooking itself.

  2. Nice post Wan,lots of information regarding toxin ingredients that we unknowingly consume. Thanks for sharing,will be more careful in selecting grocery next time. Have a nice weekend.

    1. hi suja, tahnks to you too, glad you find this useful

  3. Very nice post Wan, lot of info , especially one about artificial sugars.

    1. hi swathi,. thanks and have a great weekend

  4. Sooo many facts relating to food colours n preservatives,I will be always choosy n picky while going to restaurants,Thanq very much for the information,very helpful.
    Sai Padmapriya

    1. hi padma, welcome-- i am happy that you find this post useful. careful when you shop- read the labels. have a nice day

  5. Very informative and thanks for sharing. Its a very scary food world outside !

    1. hi shobha, yes, it's true.. cant even consume too much frozen foodies, unless its home made... and again home cooked.. should have been a chef had i known this :)

  6. I have cut down the number of time I eat out but sometimes there's no choice. Plenty of great infor Maznah and some which I was not aware of but will need to put in place.

    1. hi navca- for me , i dont have the mood to cook everyday- to me it's like a chore-- but again, eating out too often can be suicidle... lucky i have a one day vegetarian diet in a week- no need to cook :) yay yay

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  9. Oh my God.....its so scary.....thank u so much for these info.

    1. hi helen, sure is scary- have a great weekend

  10. Omg ...its too scary to think we are consuming this much toxic ingredients in our day to day life...
    thanks for sharing this great post..:)

    1. hi jay, yes, very scary- everyone should be aware of this.. so many greedy people cashing in, at the expense of public health..we all sjould be very selective in grocery shopping.

  11. Last year I made red velvet cake and my daughter asked me if I want to know how they make red color, I told her to tell me after I finish eating.Once I knew I never made red velvet cake in my home.I avoid any artificial ingredients as much as I can. But, Wan, this stevia thing is new for me. I was thinking to buy Stevia plant for my house,now I need to get more information on this.

    1. hi balvinder, i have never tried red velvet cake.. luckily.
      that stevia plant is not advisable to consume fresh in crude form unless approved by the FDA.. better be safe on this.
      plain old sugar is still safest to my opinion.
      may be you can dig more info from that mike adams. have a great weekend.

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  13. Oh my goodness, it sounds scary. Thank you Wan for sharing all this great information.

    1. hi ambteen, you are welcome. have a nice day dear, glad you find this post useful.

  14. I'm doing a vegan cleanse, so this list is also on my no-no list. Thanks for sharing!

    1. hi dear- you are also very health conscious- vegan cleanse is good- may be fast once in a while :)
      i imagine you can memorize those deadly names easily.
      have a nice day

  15. Wan, thank you for sharing such an important information. More so as it involves food we may consume on a daily basis. Imagine the damage done to our health over a period of time. Atleast now we be aware and careful with our choice and selections. Your contribution I am sure will help lots of people insyaAllah .. God Bless and Salam Dari Uncle AL and Aunty Ina not forgetting cucu Adib.

    1. Dato AL, Datin Ina and cute Adib--many thanks, wassalam and God Bless you all always-
      i have been buying junk food alot in my life- never realized that i had been consuming toxic food even more than those junkies. i have a lot to make up for all the losses.
      i am certain with Datin's eyes,you have been very disciplined in your diet- glad you like this post and yes, hope it will benefit my visitors, especially to avoid the msg and sweeteners..
      have a wonderful week-

  16. Wow! Interesting post. The thing about stevia is very new to me. I think my mother bought a couple pot of stevia plant last month. Thank you for sharing and Happy Chinese New Year!

    1. Hi nash, how are you, must be very busy, cos your post slowing tell your mom about that stevis.. especially in crude form-homemade etc..

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  18. Very very informative post friends,Great to know more about artificial sweeteners:)

    1. hi julie, yes, they are nowhere the same as plain old sugar..anyway, the naame says' artificial'..anything artificial is alien to our body- period..

  19. The safety of sucralose is documented by one of the most extensive and thorough safety testing programs ever conducted on a new food additive. More than 100 studies conducted and evaluated over a 20-year period clearly demonstrate the safety of sucralose. Studies were conducted in a broad range of areas to assess whether there were any safety risks regarding cancer, genetic effects, reproduction and fertility, birth defects, immunology, the central nervous system, and metabolism. These studies clearly indicate that sucralose:

    Does not cause:
    • tooth decay
    • cancer
    • genetic changes
    • birth defects

    Has no effect on:
    • carbohydrate metabolism, short- or long-term blood glucose
    • control or insulin secretion
    • male or female reproduction
    • the immune system

    For more information on the safety and benefits of a low-calorie diet with sucralose, please visit

    1. hi and thank you for your response. would be good if you can quote one or two of the researches done and proven that there so many health benefits, when the stuff is artificial..

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    1. hi rina, i am so sorry to know about your health problem, especially your mom.. promise you i will check this my best and revert to you. thanks dear

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