The way the food industry is going, it’s getting harder every day to find a product that does not contain any harmful substances. Every company out there is only thinking of profit and are not even a little concerned about the dangers to our health. And breakfast cereals are no different. Probably by now you know they’re not the healthiest breakfast because of the great amounts of sugar, but this is way more dangerous than sugar.
Trix, Cheerios, Party Mix, Cocoa Puffs, Reese’s Puffs and similar are all rather popular cereal and you or your children have probably had it for breakfast. Well did you know they contain paint thinner? Paint thinner or trisodium phosphate is a common chemical used by construction workers to thin the paint that they use. It is also used as a degreaser, mildew remover, and a siding cleaner. The FDA has warned people against cleaning with this chemical as it can harm them and the environment, so why now is it okay for us to consume this potentially harmful chemical in our cereal? Most cereal industries use this ingredient to preserve their cereals life on the shelf.
SOME OF THE MINOR PROBLEMS WITH EATING TSP INCLUDE:
- The reduction of bone density due to mineral leeching
- Calcification of the kidneys
- Serious irritation of gastric mucosa
- Abdominal burning
The challenge to be informed about what we are eating grows ever more complex. Many people trust Trader Joe’s as one of the smaller grocery store chains offering higher quality foods without unnecessary additives, and other harmful ingredients that can cause cancer, neurological damage, or developmental delays. But one mom recently found trisodium phosphate, an industrial strength paint thinner in her children’s Trader Joe’s breakfast cereal, and she is wondering what it is doing there. (The ingredient is found in other popular cereals as well).
TOXIC INGREDIENTS IN YOUR KID’S CEREAL
- Sugar: Many kids’ cereals are high in sugar or high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is also called corn syrup or corn sugar. Generally, if you see “sugar” of any kind in non-organic or GMO cereal, very likely it’s HFCS.
- GMOs: Most conventional cereals contain sugar and corn made from GMO products. Note that these same manufacturers create GMO free cereals for distribution overseas.
- Hydrogenated Oils: These oils contain trans fats, which, as we’ve discussed before, are linked to cancer, heart disease and immune problems.
- BHT: Found in many cereals, this food is classified by U.S. law as “GRAS” – “generally recommended as safe” – by the FDA. This means that experts consider them safe and they are approved as food additives without additional testing of their effects. In 2014, the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an environmental safety watchdog group, released “Generally Recognized as Secret: Chemicals Added to Food in the U.S. (PDF).” This report found loopholes in the GRAS classification, including research data coming from the company themselves and expert opinions that disregarded evidence of allergic reactions, that compromise the real safety of GRAS additives. BHT is also a chemical additive and may be a possible ADHD trigger.
- BHA: Another GRAS additive, BHA has been linked to cancer in some studies. The National Institutes of Health’s National Toxicology Programs has concluded that it can be “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” Both BHA and BHT are said to be at low enough levels to be safe for consumption by the FDA.
- Soy Lecithin: Derived from GMO soy, this additive often contains toxins. According to The Cornucopia Institute, soy lecithin processing often involves hexane, and, though it is removed, trace amounts can be left behind. That residue is unregulated by the FDA even though it is listed by that organization as a potential carcinogen and neurotoxin
- Annatto: This natural flavoring is now entering into controversy. According to WebMD, it can affect blood sugar levels so if your child has diabetes, please be aware of that. It also has been linked with allergies, and the Food Intolerance Network has gotten reports linking it to headaches and irritability. If you have a sensitive eater or a child prone to allergies, you may want to avoid this flavoring.
TOP 10 TOXIC KID CEREALS
Kellogg’s Fruit Loops
Kellogss’s Corn Pops
Kellogg’s Apple Jacks
Kellogg’s Honey Smacks
General Mills Lucky Charms
General Mills Boo Berry/Count Chocula/Franken Berry
Post Foods Fruity Pebbles
Cap’N Crunch CrunchBerries
Post Golden Crisps
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